ASUS announced 4 new items at today's MWC 2012 at Barcelona, and even though I had a hint to what was coming up, I was left jaw hanging after the announcement. So without further a due, here's the juicy news:
There were plenty of rumors about this majestic device but there were never any 100% details on what this thing contained. At CES 2012 we witnessed the first working Prototype which seemed pretty damn good for a first release. The phone part was 4.3" with a Tegra 3 Quad Core chip with 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB internal memory with an 8MP camera. The phone also had Capacitive buttons of Menu, Home, Back and Search. The Tab was simply a 10.1" IPS display.
The newly redesigned Padfone brings a unison to the Beauty of Ice Cream Sandwich and the amazing Transformer Prime. Both parts were equally redesigned with the Spun Aluminum finish which is simply striking, and for the Phone, the Capacitive buttons were replaced with On-Screen ones. The Tablet was upgraded to a Super AMOLED qHD display...which is 2560 by 1440...yes better than 1080p! Now back to the "fone" it will not come with an Nvidia Tegra 3 but with the amazing Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core chip. I know that I bash Snapdragon a lot for their slow and cheaply made chips BUT the S4 actually has such a great improvement that it is on Par with the Tegra 3's GPU :D
As a whole, that makes the Padfone...or does it? NO!!! The Padfone will also have the ability to attach a Keyboard Dock! Basically extending the Battery life even more as well as providing some more I/O ports. The Padfone doesn't even stop there! It can also come with an Asus designed Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Stylus Pressure Pen. This can be used to draw and write whatever the hell you want...however it can also be used as a Bluetooth connectivity for Calling!!! It has an Ear piece and a Mic so you can constantly be connected... In the end, the Padfone with the 10.1" Tablet screen and the Keyboard dock will allow up to 9X, so 9 times more battery life than a normal 1 charge cycle for the phone only!
Is that enough for you or would you like some more Asus news...Let's move on!
ASUS Transformer Infinity 700 Series:
Next we have the TOP DOG of tablets. This will come with never seen before technology based on the Arm v15 CPU, so technically the most powerful chip at the time of release and the highest level of Qualcomm's S4 chip. It will have a 1920 by 1080 resolution supporting Full HD as well as a Super IPS+ display having 600nits for Brightness. As usual it will come with great Sonic Master sound and a Fujitsu designed 8MP camera with a 5 Element Lens and an Aperture of 2.2. Yep, definitely a beast. Oh, maybe I forgot, but it will be the FIRST Tablet on the Market to have LTE Support!
ASUS Transformer 300 Series:
This is the first affordable Quad Core tablet on the Market. It will come in different colors as well as have WiMAX LTE Sim Card support which will allow up to 75Mbps Download Speeds...Mobile Networking wise 75Mbps is EPIC. Too bad for Canada though as LTE is still under construction and will be showing up end of the year or Quarter one of 2013.
ASUS Transformer Prime 701 Series:
This is the Full HD version of the Prime also known as the TF700T. It will have a new Back Plate cover instead of the traditional Aluminum Spun finish so as to improve Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS signals.
Last but not least, the first availability for the Asus Padfone is April 2012! And that is NOT an April Fool's joke :P
Also, watch the amazing Conference that Johnny Sinh, the Asus Chairman made. I have to say that this guy is simply amazing!