The Asus Padfone 2 was just announced today, and while the original Padfone was a terrible concept that many didn’t find appealing, the second iteration aims to change all of that.
What Asus brings to the table is a new plan, one that most technology companies have yet to grasp: make smartphone and tablet ownership less expensive.
What turns most people away from buying a tablet is cost. Consumers have accepted the fact that top-end smartphones are expensive and still buy them, so you already have 50 percent of the obstacles out of the way.
Here are the specs for the Asus Padfone 2:
- 4.7-inch Super IPS+ display with resolution of 1280 x 720
- 2 GB of RAM
- 1.5 GHz quad-core S4 Pro Processor
- 2,140 mAh battery
- 13 megapixel back camera
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (will get Jellybean shortly after release)
- 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with resolution of 1280 x 720
- 5,000 mAh battery
The Asus Padfone 2 works like this: you buy a smartphone and tablet dock together, but the smartphone hardware is used to power the tablet. It’s genius!
The tablet dock is just a battery and screen, and since you don’t need any expensive parts in it like RAM and a processor, it cuts costs considerably. Not only that, but the tablet dock can be used as a portable charging station for your phone.
The last Padfone offered customers a flimsy door to hold the smartphone in place while using the tablet, but Asus engineers worked hard to reduce the amount of steps needed to switch fluidly to the tablet. All you do is plug your phone into the back of the tablet dock, and then you can continue what you were doing on your phone on the larger screen.
The fluid switching only takes about a second to register, so you can flip flop between the smartphone and tablet in seconds without having to hassle around with doors or settings. It all takes care of itself.
While it’s only being released in China right now, it’s expected to hit shelves in the rest of the world shortly after. It’s being sold for the equivalent of around $600 US dollars in China.