[Update: Australian availability in late Q1 2013] ASUS PadFone 2 officially announced, a worthy successor
Editor’s Update: We reached out to ASUS for Australian availability. It will be available at the end of Q1 2013, which is quite a while later than the end of 2012 for other countries. Hopefully it is taken up by carriers and not just outright retailers. Here’s what ASUS had to say -
the product will not be available in Australia until late Q1 in 2013 at this stage, will inform when any new update.
The second of the phone-tablet category has been announced by ASUS, packing juicier specs and a thinner tablet design.
The ASUS PadFone 2 features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor compared to its predecessor which was dual-core, as well as doubling the RAM to 2GB. The display has been enhanced to a 4.7″ Super IPS+ screen and the battery boosted to 2140 mAh within the PadFone 2 (phone component), while slimmed down to 5000 mAh for the tablet.
The docking tablet has been revamped for a better fit, too. The PadFone 2 now slides down vertically and contains a new connector, supporting micro USB 2.0 and MHL.
On the firmware front, the PadFone 2 will ship with Android 4.0.4 (ICS), with Jelly Bean soon to follow up. With ASUS’ reputation for timely updates, I wouldn’t worry too much.
The guys over at Android Police have the full press release from Italy.
The PadFone 2 will be released at the end of this year in Europe and Asia. There have been no announcements for availability in Australia, but here’s the specs:
- 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- Android 4.0.4 (ICS)
- Phone display – 4.7″ Super IPS+ (1280×720)
- Tablet display – 10.1″ IPS display (1280×800)
- 13MP camera
- 2140 mAh / 5000 mAh battery
- LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0