Asus teased us with a video of the new Padfone Infinity last week, and sure enough, it has unveiled a brand new version of its smartphone/tablet all-in-one machine, with a variety of feature tweaks and subtle design alterations. Asus only launched the Padfone Infinity during Mobile World Congress at the start of this year, so it’s a little surprising to see another one released so soon.
The major change is inside the smartphone, as the Snapdragon 600 has been replaced by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, bringing the phone bang up to date. The screen remains at 5-inches with a 1080p resolution, so with the processor change, it’s ready to take on the Galaxy S4 in terms of specification.
It’s not the only change though. Asus has stripped the phone of a few gigabytes storage space – it’s now either 16GB or 32GB – but has added a microSD card slot for flexibility, plus Android 4.2.2 is now installed. This will also be provided as an update for existing Padfone Infinity owners. The phone and tablet now come in a white or gray colour, plus the aluminium rear cover has been given a diamond-cut design.
The Padfone slots into a 10.1-inch tablet dock, which is then powered by the phone itself, but it does hold a 5000mAh battery to recharge the phone’s 2400mAh cell, and continue to power the tablet once it’s full. Asus hasn’t provided a release date for the new Padfone Infinity, or confirmed its price yet, but estimates put it around £550 for the pair.