Asus PadFone Infinity

The 5-inch Asus Padfone Infinity docks with a screen to become a 10-inch tablet.

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While "PadFone" wouldn't be the first name to spring to mind while attempting to come up with marketable names, it has apparently worked for Asus. The company announced overnight at Mobile World Congress (MWC) that it will continue its PadFone line, with the unveiling of the PadFone Infinity. The PadFone Infinity is a 5-inch long-term evolution (LTE) smartphone that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet when docked into the included PadFone Infinity Station. The whole package comes out this April for €999 (AU$1275), though no Australian availability has been announced yet.

The phone

Thanks mostly to its metal edges, the phone piece looks and feels not too dissimilar from an iPhone 5, but wider and a bit longer. It has a durable metal texture and felt light in our hands. The buttons were raised just enough to deliver a satisfying click when pushed.

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If you're at all familiar with with Asus' Transformer line, then you won't be surprised by the tablet piece's form factor. It's about the same size as the Transformer Infinity and feels about as light; however, its body is of plastic, as opposed to the cold, smooth metal of the phone. The phone slides smoothly into the back of the tablet and delivers a satisfying "shunk" when connected.

Once past the lock screen, the tablet handled incredibly fast. We were able to smoothly and effortlessly zip through apps screens, widgets and menus at a breakneck pace. Asus tablets usually deliver particularly responsive screens, but this one seemed to respond to our finger swipes quicker than any Android tablet in recent memory. With the phone separated from its host body, the navigation was just as fast.

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The PadFone ships with Android 4.2 and a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU. The phone features an aluminium-based unibody design and the Super IPS 5-inch screen packs in 1920x1080 pixels, delivering 441ppi.

On the back sits an LED flash-supported 13-megapixel camera featuring an f/2.0 aperture and, according to Asus, delivering lag-less shutter speeds. There's also a dedicated image sensor that enhances photos captured in low light.

Asus also claims that the camera can capture up to 100 sequential photos at 8 frames per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video. This is a feature that could possibly eliminate the video or photo dilemma at crucial moments; however, this is currently problematic, as the video recorded while taking still shots is noticeably choppy. There's also a front-facing, 2-megapixel camera.

The Pad

The PadFone Station houses a 10.1-inch screen with 1920x1200-pixel resolution. Other features include a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, micro-USB 2.0 port, an ambient light sensor and an e-compass.

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GSM, WCDMA and 100Mbps-capable LTE antennas are also included, along with a non-removable 5000mAh lithium polymer battery, which, according to Asus, fuels up to 40 hours of 3G talk time when the PadFone is docked.

First thoughts

While the PadFone impresses with its high-end specs, with a price of €999 (this includes the phone and tablet), you'll definitely be paying for it. For those looking for more synergy between their devices, however, this may be a price that they're willing to pay.


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Release the phone by itself and replace the 'PadFone' logo at the back with the Asus logo and i'm sold.

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    "Release the phone by itself and replace the 'PadFone' logo at the back with the Asus logo and i'm sold."

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