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Asus Padfone 2 launch

See our images from the Taipei launch of the Asus Padfone 2.

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The Padfone 2 has been officially launched in both Milan and Taipei. We have an official preview of the new device from Asus, and below are some images from the Taipei launch event, showing off the Padfone 2 and Padfone 2 Station.

Brief spec rundown:

  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean)

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core Cortex A15 class (1.5GHz ) with Adreno 320 graphics

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1280x720, Super IPS+ (Padfone 2); 10.1-inch 1280x800, WXGA (Padfone 2 Station)

  • Main camera: 13MP BSI sensor Sony Camera, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus with LED flash

  • Front camera: 1.2MP

  • Battery: 2140mAh (Padfone 2); 5000mAh (Padfone 2 Station)

  • Dimensions: 137.9x69x9mm

  • Weight: 135g, 649g when docked in the Station.

Both the Padfone 2 and the Padfone 2 Station were demonstrated on-stage at the Taipei launch event.

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The footprint for both phone and docking station remains much the same as in the original Padfone duo.

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The new docking technique for the Padfone 2 was demonstrated.

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The new docking area at the rear of the Padfone 2 Station was shown with the Padfone 2.

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At just 649g, the Padfone 2 and Padfone 2 Station when paired are lighter than the original Padfone.

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When the Padfone 2 is fully settled in the Station, it will vibrate to let users know that it has been correctly placed.

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The rear of the Padfone 2 keeps the concentric ring design of the original.

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The screen is larger, at 4.7 inches, and has a higher resolution than the original, despite being lighter and thinner.

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