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Asus Padfone 2

First impressions

Like its predecessor, the Padfone 2 incorporates an Android-based smartphone that can dock into a 10.1-inch, 1280x800-pixel screen (the Padfone 2 Station), transforming the device into a tablet. The Station has an increased battery life (charging the phone as well), adds some additional storage and will automatically optimise any apps for the new screen size.

There were no real surprises at the launch of the Padfone 2, with photos and specs having leaked in the days leading up to the event.

The new Padfone has a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, but still, disappointingly, runs Ice Cream Sandwich rather than the newer Jelly Bean (Asus noted that it is "upgradeable" to Jelly Bean). The camera has also increased to 13 megapixels, with a burst mode capable of capturing up to 100 shots at six shots per second, and takes 720p video at 60fps. Memory wise, the Padfone 2 runs from 16GB to 64GB, with an additional 50GB of cloud storage from Asus Webstorage.

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