Asus created a unique device (and name, we might add), PadFone Infinity to introduce its tablet/smartphone hybrid. The innovation consists in the fact that the phone may be easily turned into a 10.1 inch tablet by inserting it in the PadFone Infinity Station.
Every smartphone manufacturer has to come up with something unique and different so they would differentiate their products from the many devices released in the past year. Asus introduced during this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress a new model, that is, a combination between a tablet and a smartphone.
The PadFone Infinity as it is called is a regular smartphone that looks more or less the same as Apple’s iPhone 5. The design was created in keeping with Asus’ Transformer line, but PadFone Infinity, however, is a lot lighter because the body is made out of plastic. The device is also durable because the case is made out of metal.
You can easily convert the phone into a tablet by inserting the former in the docking station. The tablet runs just as smooth as the smartphone, only it offers better images due to the 10.1-inch screen. The PadFone is provided with Android 4.2, a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with and Adreno 320 GPU.
The back camera features 13 megapixels with an f/2.0 aperture that is the fastest shutter speed at present. Videos are also rendered in a very good image quality because the screen is compatible with 1080 HD format. The front-facing camera, for those who may be interested in video calls has 2 megapixels.
Given that PadFone Infinity is made out of two separate devices, the price is a lot bigger than the one of other smartphones. Asus declared that the device will be sold for $999, but it will only be available in UK in April. The manufacturer did not reveal any intentions to release the device on the U.S. market in the near future.