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PadFone 2

“The PadFone 2 is not only bigger and faster, it is, combined, lighter than Apple’s new iPad, add to that one of the most powerful processors in a smartphone and you’re onto a winner”

– T3

That single sentence above, effectively sums up the first impressions of most tech media who have tried out ASUS’ new Android smartphone-tablet – the PadFone 2.

Announced on October 16 at the fashion capital of Milan, the stylish hybrid device consists of the PadFone 2 smartphone, and a PadFone 2 Station dock with a 10.1-inch screen. And together, they come LOADED with features that every technophile prays for every night.

“There’s no two ways about it – this is an extremely powerful smartphone. The 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon simply roars along and it spells out where ASUS sees the Padfone 2 going – into the hands of early adopters and power consumers; there’s nothing low end about this package” said Techradar.

And what a package it is!

Camera – 13-megapixels, 1080p video recording at 30fps and 720p at 60fps.

Battery – the 2140mAh handset battery is good for 16hrs talk time and 2-weeks standby, but add the Station’s 5000mAh battery into the equation, and you get an insane 36hrs talk time and 6-weeks standby!

Display – 4.7-inch Super IPS+ (1280×780) Gorilla Glass display on the smartphone; 10.1-inch (1280×800) Gorilla Glass display on the station.

Connectivity – Bluetooth 4, WLAN, NFC for mobile transactions, and of course 4G/LTE.

But features are not the only highlight of PadFone 2, as pointed out by Trusted Reviews, “Build quality is flawless. Unlike Samsung’s or LG’s recent efforts, there’s no glossy plastic in sight. Joints are seamless and the diamond-cut glass front fits perfectly. The heft of the Padfone 2 also feels far nicer in the hand than the iPhone 5… Every inch of it looks and feels premium.”

And as if the rich features, design and superior quality were not enough, just listen to what Pocket-lint had to say: “The advantage of the Padfone 2 is that you don’t need a second device that essentially does the same thing as the first; you don’t need to worry about syncing, because the phone has all the files on it already”.

From a financial angle, GSMArena adds “do you really need to pay for the same things twice if you want both a phone and a tablet? The Asus PadFone 2 solves just that problem.”


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