In case you’ve never heard of the Padfone, it is an innovative product that combines an Android phone with tablet dock, which in turn has a keyboard dock. In other words, it’s a little like a Asus Transformer Pad Infinity powered by a handset.
Much as we like the concept though, we weren’t completely convinced by the original Padfone. The handset itself lagged behind the premium competition in some areas (most notably screen resolution), while the tablet was a little chunky and just the tinniest bit awkward.
Thankfully, Asus already has a sequel in the works. Following the Padfone 2 launch event announcement for the 16th of October, supposed specs have leaked onto the net via Engadget, and they’re very impressive if true.
The headline grabber is the same quad-core S4 Qualcomm processor as found in LG’s flagship Optimus G, with all cores running at up to 1.5GHz and game-tastic Adreno 320 graphics.
It’s backed by 2GB of RAM, which is up there with the best of the rest. The Padfone 2’s screen, which is now 4.7-inch, has also seen a major resolution upgrade to HD Ready 720p, and like the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, it’s brighter than most rivals at 700nits.
The last bit of interest is the camera, which now comes it at a whopping 13MP. Mind you, that says little about its quality, but at least it means some serious attention was paid to the shooter on this innovative Fone.
If the tablet accessory to the new Padfone 2 can maintain the same 1,920 x 1,200 resolution as the Infinity, and with these kinds of specs inside, you could safely consider us sold - though we’ll have to wait and see how the unit holds up under full review.
Unfortunately there’s just one small factor about the leak which may suggest it’s merely a rather impressive Photoshop, which is that the icon above the ‘Super IPS Plus HD’ spec says ‘SuperAMOLED’. Still, this could be referring to the screen tech in the tablet dock and phone respectively… here’s hoping.