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September 17, 2013

ASUS Launches PadFone Infinity (2013)

ASUS launched the latest PadFone Infinity (late-2013 variant), a high-end smartphone that docks into a 10.1-inch tablet dock, letting you maintain a consistent mobile workspace between the two distinct classes of devices, which can have its advantages over maintaining two completely separate devices.

The smartphone component of PadFone Infinity is top of the line by today's standards. It features a 5.0-inch Super-IPS LCD screen with full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution. Its primary camera features a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor fronted by a f/2.0 lens. The front-facing camera on both the tablet and smartphone components are 2-megapixel, with f/2.0 lens.

Under the hood, the smartphone of PadFone Infinity features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, with quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.20 GHz, Adreno 330 graphics, a 100 Mbps LTE-capable soft-modem, and an LPDDR3 memory interface, wired to 2 GB of RAM. Storage options include 16 GB and 32 GB, with micro-SDXC expansion. Apart from LTE, connectivity includes 802.11 ac WLAN, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. A 2,400 mAh battery powers the smartphone. ASUS deployed Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean," with a custom UI. The smartphone component measures 143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm (LxWxH), weighing 145 g.

The tablet component, which activates when you dock the smartphone into it, features a 10.1-inch IPS LCD screen, with the same 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. It measures 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6 mm (LxWxH), weighing 532 g (including the 145 g that the smartphone adds). The tablet features its own 5,000 mAh battery. Considering this battery only powers a touchscreen and a couple of speakers, while the central-processing is powered by the 2,400 mAh battery running inside the docked smartphone, it's not too small, compared to the 8,000 - 12,000 mAh batteries that typically drive LTE-enabled 10-inch class tablets.

Off contract, ASUS plans to sell the PadFone Infinity for the equivalent of US $640, in select markets across Asia and Europe. No luck for North American markets.