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Asus Padfone Infinity launches at MWC 2013

Asus has launched the third iteration of its docking phone and tablet combination, the Asus Padfone Infinity, now with a 5-inch 1080p handset.

The newest edition Asus Padfone Infinity ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS on its 5-inch Full 1080p HD display, whilst the 10.1-inch tablet docking station offers a 1920 x 1200p resolution, both a marked upgrade from the lower quality Asus Padfone 2.

“Padfone Infinity is the latest evolution of our PadFone line,” said Jonney Shih, Asus Chairman. “It combines incredible design with an uncompromised user experience device from our Design Thinking philosophy.”

Asus Padfone Infinity Features
Powered by the smartphone device itself, the Asus Padfone Infinity is designed from aerospace grade aluminium in a unibody design. The Asus Padfone Infinity features a 5-inch Full 1080p HD display with a 441ppi density for crisp and detailed text and pictures on the smartphone. The 10.1-inch tablet station provides a fingerprint-resistant 1920 x 1200 resolution display.

The Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone boasts a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.

The smartphone also offers a 13-megapixel camera in the rear with an f/2.0 5-element lens, which Asus claims will enhance the image quality of low-light shots. The rear camera is also capable of capturing up to 100 sequential photos at 8fps whilst simultaneously shooting 1080 Full HD videos. A 2-megapixel f/2.0 front camera can provide good quality video calling options.  

The Asus Padfone Infinity tablet dock utilises the same 13-megapixel camera but has a 1-megapixel front-facing snapper of its own. It includes a micro USB 2.0 port, ambient light sensor and an e-compass.

In terms of audio, the Asus Padfone Infinity features third generation SonicMaster technology, which is amplified by the tablet’s 80mm diameter speaker when the two devices come together.

 The dual nature of the Asus Padfone Infinity negates the need for device syncing, as the smartphone data and setting are immediately available when the handset is docked with the tablet. Any running apps are automatically adjusted to fit the larger screen.

The Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone offers up to 19 hours of 3G talk time, but according to Asus this is more than doubled to 40 hours when docked. With a battery life for the smartphone set at 410 hours on standby, the Asus Padfone Infinity tablet is also claimed to have the battery capacity to recharge the smartphone up to three times on one charge, meaning you don’t need to carry round a phone charger when out and about.  

Asus Padfone Infinity Release Date and Price
Asus has set the Asus Padfone Infinity price tag around the £799 mark, but it has said that exact price and availability details will be announced closer to the Asus Padfone Infinity release date.

Although some are saying the smartphone/tablet combo should be hitting selves come April, that is yet to be confirmed by Asus.

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