Asus have been showcasing a couple of devices at this years Mobile World Congress with the most interesting being the Asus Padfone Infinity. The smartphone is the successor to the Asus Padfone 2 meaning that it's a smartphone which doubles as a tablet.
Asus's Padfone Infinity is slightly larger than the Padfone 2 because it comes with a 5 inch full HD display (1920*1080 pixels) pitting it against Sony's Xperia Z and HTC's One. However, the 10.1 inch Padfone Station is what gives the device it's edge over its rivals.
When you dock the smartphone in the Padfone Station the larger 10.1 inch touch-screen takes over control of the device giving you the best of both worlds. The even better news is that the dock has its own battery which extends the Padfone Infinity's battery life by up to 3 times.
The Padfone Infinity is powered by a 1.7 Ghz quad-core Snapdragon processor which provides more than enough grunt to power the devices high-resolution display. You also get 64GB of on-board memory which is a staggering amount, while the tablet has 2GB of RAM.
Asus's smartphone also has a stunning 13 mega-pixel camera with an f2.0 aperture lens and a front-facing 2 mega-pixel snapper for video calling. The Padfone Infinity comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean and supports 4G LTE, WiFi, NFC, 3G and Bluetooth.
So far so good because the Asus Padfone Infinity is a high-end smartphone that doubles as a tablet. However, the major stumbling block for a lot of people could be the price which comes in at 999 Euros (£880) for the smartphone and the tablet dock.
The price isn't too bad when you consider you effectively get a tablet and a smartphone, but on first sight it's quite a shock. Asus's smartphone is set to land in April and 3G hopes to review the Asus Padfone Infinity before it hits the stores. So keep posted to find out if it offers good value !
By Simon Thomas on 25th February, 2013