Asus announced the launch of Padfone 2, its predecessor being the only smartphone-tablet hybrid device to exist from a manufacturer.
Padfone 2 doesn’t require the Padfone Station Dock anymore and the new version is much lighter also. The device comes with a 4.7 inch 720p Super IPS+ panel and a 13 MP rear facing and a 1.2 MP front facing camera. It will be shipped with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Asus had promised that Jelly Bean upgrade is not far behind.
The camera supports 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps and upto 100 continuous shot at full res. Asus is also throwing in a 2GB of RAM, Corning Fit Glass that we recently saw in Nexus 7, NFC, 50GB of Asus WebStorage, WCDMA 900/2,100MHz plus LTE 800/1, 800/2,600MHz radios for global models.
Padfone 2 will work on Micro Sims and be priced at USD $616 for the 16GB version and USD $684 for the 32GB and USD $750 for 64GB version. The station however will be priced at USD $307.
As for the tablet, it is sized at 10.1 inch 1,280 x 800 IPS display and be powered by 5,000mAh. As for the weight, it now weighs 514g which is lighter than the new iPad from Apple.
The company also announced that Padfone 2 Balck color will be coming to Taipei, Taiwan in the coming week while Singapore will see it by November. No update when the white color will be released.