Asus is introducing its next-generation Padfone, and as you might expect, the new Padfone Infinity has a faster processor and higher resolution display than earlier members of the Padfone family.
It’s a 5 inch phone with a 1080p display and a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. Oh yeah, you can also use it as a 10 inch tablet.
Asus has been blurring the lines between smartphones and tablets for the the past few years with its Padfone line of devices. The Padfone is basically a high-end Android smartphone plus a tablet shell. Slide the phone into the Infinity Station tablet dock, and you can use all the phone’s functions on a larger screen while reaping the benefits of a larger battery.
The advantage to this kind of setup is that you don’t need to synchronize your data between your phone and tablet if your phone is your tablet. All your apps, media, and other files will always be with you.
Asus says the Padfone Infinity has a 441 ppi display, an anti-fingerprint coating, and an aluminum unibody case. It supports NFC, and has a 13MP camera, and a burst mode that lets you shoot up to 100 shots at 8 frames per second.
The tablet dock uses the phone’s camera, processor, memory, and storage. But it adds a slightly higher resolution 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display.
The company has moved the speaker to the side of the phone to improve audio, and added a larger speaker to the tablet in order to improve the audio experience no matter which way you use the device.
Asus says the Apadfone Infinity will be available for 999 Euros ($1325) starting in April. There are currently no plans to offer the system in the US — but I suspect folks that really want to get their hands on one will be able to pay a pretty penny to pick one up. A handful of stores have been offering earlier Padfone models to US customers for a little while.