CNET First Look
Asus PadFone gets an internal makeoverHot on the heels of the previous 'Infinity' model, this high-end smartphone-plus-tablet hybrid returns with an even more powerful Snapdragon 800 processor and a few more Android goodies.
Feast your eyes on the Asus PadFone. Does this smartphone plus tablet hybrid look familiar to you? It should because apart from some internal changes and an OS bub, it's essentially the same device we saw this March. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET and this is your First Look. Here's what you get- a sleek squared off unibody smartphone made from aluminum. It has nice high-end specs like a 5-inch 1080p HD screen and a 13 megapixel rear facing camera. The new model comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean instead of Android 4.1. So there's a little bit of an upgrade there. It's also powered by a 2.2 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core processor which is faster than the previous models, plenty fast Snapdragon 600 chip. And here's one more reason to love this new version more. It tucks away a microSD card slot that can hold up to 64 gigabytes in external storage. And that's on top of the 50 gigabytes of online storage that Asus hands out with this product. Now, the phone here is actually the part of this combo that Asus calls PadFone. The pad part is technically called the PadFone station. It looks and acts mostly like a tablet with a nice crisp 10.1-inch screen. The difference is that it's just a screen. And the phone is its battery, its processor and its lifeline. As in past models, we slide the PadFone into the dock to turn it on. There's a screen lock button, volume controls, a microSD charging port and a 1 megapixel front facing camera. There are also speakers as well. You can answer calls with the phone plugged in and take advantage of LTE from the phone. Everything you see on the phone, you'll also get in a tablet. So, you don't have to sync content. We haven't heard anything about pricing or availability yet, so sit tight. In the meantime, I'm Jessica Dolcourt inviting you to read all about the new PadFone and docking station at CNET.com.