Another busy day in Spain has drawn to a close, and center of a decent piece of todays new devices announcements was ASUS. In the way that only Johnny Shih and company know how, ASUS today introduced the new Padfone Infinity and the Intel Atom powered Fonepad tablet-cum-smartphone hybrid. Just in case you missed the Android Central liveblog, ASUS has kindly posted the highlights from the, interesting, press conference for us all to watch and enjoy. 

The Padfone Infinity excites on several fronts. As one of the first non-Nexus devices to ship carrying Android 4.2, the Padfone Infinity is packing on both the software and hardware front. The phone part carries a 5-inch, 1080p display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage and a 13MP camera. Then, it docks into a 1920x1080 resolution 10.1-inch tablet. The Padfone has always been an interesting, if slightly flawed and overpriced concept. But, with the Infinity, despite a premium price, the hardware is definitely all premium. Speaking of price, when it launches in the UK, the Padfone Infinity will cost a hefty £799. That's a lot of money, but it's also a lot of phone. And tablet. 

More: ASUS unveils the Padfone Infinity

Also unveiled in the ASUS showcase was the 7-inch Fonepad. A collaboration with Intel, the Fonepad runs on the Atom Z2420 processor, packs a 1280x800 display, 16GB of on-board storage, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and a phone. Yes, this 7-inch Android tablet is also a 7-inch Android smartphone. Slated for a UK release in late Q2 of this year, the Fonepad will cost just £179. Compare the Fonepad to an equivalent priced smartphone, and perhaps it isn't such a ridiculous purchase. Whether or not you'll want to hold it to the side of your head though, well that's a different story entirely. 

More: ASUS announces 7-inch Fonepad

The action continues from Barcelona tomorrow, so keep it locked to Android Central for all the best Mobile World Congress has to offer. 


Reader comments

See the ASUS MWC press conference, and the unveiling of the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad


Fonepad could actually be useful for people who seldom make phone calls. It would be like a 7" tablet with a data plan and texting.

Although I would NEVER buy one myself.

Sucks they can't bring these devices to the US because carriers want to charge you separately to use a phone and a tablet, and this device basically is a 2 in 1 device. God forbid the carriers don't get to charge you an extra $10 a month to use your data that you already pay for on a tablet. Carriers need to be heavily regulated, this nickel and diming crap has got to go along with their gouging and business ethics. The people of the U.S. own the frequencies that the carriers lease from the FCC for us. Carriers do not deserve all this self power control that they enforce to screw customers over.