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Asus Unveils Padfone 2 Hybrid Device

October 18, 2012

Asus Unveils Padfone 2 Hybrid Device

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

Asus may not be the most well- known computing company in the world, but that doesn’t mean they can’t carve out their own niche with the right products. With the announcement of a hybrid device that is both a smartphone and a tablet in the Padfone, the company took a step toward having that niche. Now the Padfone 2 looks to take on the success and innovation of the Padfone and take it to the next level. The company announced the Padfone 2 earlier this week and the company hopes the Android (News - Alert) based tablet that has a dock for a smartphone will allow it to be become more of a household name in the consumer tech world.

The dockable Padfone 2 is an upgrade over the original Padfone and Asus says that the tablet part of this hybrid device is actually completely redesigned. The tablet has a 10.1-inch screen and weighs just 649g. The company says that this hybrid device is actually lighter than most other tablets and the docking mechanism has now become something that is easier to use.

The smartphone that comes with the Padfone 2 is reported to have a 4.7-inch screen and boasts a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, so the phone all by itself is plenty powerful. In terms of memory, the phone comes with 2GB of RAM (News - Alert) and features a 13MP camera on the back of its housing. It also boasts the fastest connections, carrying Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities as well as 4G/LTE (News - Alert) connections. 

Asus also said that the device will be able to be outfitted with as much as 64MB of storage and people who buy the Padfone 2 will be able to get 50 GB of the Asus cloud-based WebStorage free for two years.

Asus has not announced the pricing for their newest Padfone device, though unlocked Padfones are now selling from $800-$1,000 and the Padfone 2 will probably be around that same price range.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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