ASUS Padfone Infinity (late 2013)

Snapdragon 800 CPU and new camera tricks among features of the 'new' ASUS Padfone Infinity

Following on from its recent product line refresh at IFA, Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS has taken the wraps off a revamped dockable handset, in the form of the "new" Padfone Infinity. A refreshed version of the handset we first saw at Mobile World Congress, the new Padfone packs a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, microSD expandability and a tweaked industrial design, featuring a "diamond-cut" aluminum back.

The tablet-dockable phone features the same 13-megapixel, f/2.0 camera as the original, but ASUS is introducing a new ability it's calling PixelMaster, which uses a pixel binning-like feature to produce a clearer 3-megapixel image from the 13-megapixel sensor.

On the software side, the new Padfone Infinity runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and ASUS's latest UI, which we saw on its latest products in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. It's still pretty close to vanilla Android, but tweaks to the menus, notification shade and icons give it its own unique appearance without straying too far from Google's vision of Android.

Engadget reports that the new Padfone Infinity will sell for the equivalent of $640 for the handset alone, while the tablet will run around $240. Got an old Padfone Infinity tablet dock? Fear not, you'll be able to use your old dock with the new phone.

Source: Engadget

 
There are 18 comments

NFLPLAYBOOK says:

No news on a North American release? That's the ten million units question.

mwara244 says:

I would kill for a tablet with a dedicated phone here in the states and I could just use a headset or stylus with speakers and bluetooth like their other product has, then you wouldn't need a tablet and a phone.

leomwa says:

Hmmm from the looks of it, it looks like they are gonna get sued. To me it looks like a big iPhone 4s.

detta123 says:

I disagree. Look at the press renders and videos of it, beautiful device.

return_0 says:

This is the fourth generation Padfone. The first three generations looked very similar to this. So if they haven't gotten sued yet, they probably won't get sued now.

looks exactly like an iphone to me.

frettfreak says:

thats honestly the first thing i said when i saw it.

MERCDROID says:

Ummm... No?

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birdman_38 says:

I usually don't agree with comments like that, but this one looks very similar.

Looks amazing but price is out of my current budget and I quite like my Motorola RAZR i...

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mcgowan398 says:

If you look at other press shots, it really resembles the HTC One....

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I hope that's a bad picture, and I hate to say this, but wow, that looks like an iDevice.

With the Note 3 and Nexus 5 coming soon it begs to wonder if these phones ever truly make an impact in the US market.

sslattery says:

The fact that we're still pissing and moaning about ASUS not releasing this in the U.S. is ridiculous. I don't understand what the big hold up is, I think this phone would do very well in the US market and people would kill for the tablet dock.

MERCDROID says:

It's being blocked by the carriers. Just think about it: if you bought the Padfone and the tablet, then you've successfully defeated the need to tether and the need to buy a data plan for your tablet.

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masterpfa says:

Exactly. I'm sure Asus would love a crack at the US market

jeffreytz says:

I've wanted a Padfone since the first iteration but I've finally given up, ASUS seems convinced this isn't a product for the US market. At this point I've gone the other direction, with an HTC One and a Nexus 7 LTE (the first 7" device to sway me from 10" and larger tablets).

I own a Padfone 2 and i absolutely love it.. I would love to get my hands on this device! And by the way, why do people always compare with iDevices? I honestly think it reminds of a HTC One instead if you have a close look.