Asus Blitzes Mobile World Congress with PadFone and Transformer Pad Announcements

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Asus lived up to its promise of unveiling its PadFone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The PadFone, if this is the first you're hearing of it, is a hybird phone-tablet device, or as Asus pitches it, a three-in-one device that can be used as a smartphone, tablet, or notebook when plopped into the company's separately sold PadFone Station or PadFone Station Dock.

The PadFone boasts a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display and Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with an Adreno 225 GPU to boot. It has 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 16GB/32GB/64GB of eMMC flash-based storage baked in, 8MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot, and various other goodies, all wrapped in Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).


When you drop the PadFone into the optional PadFone Station, it becomes a 10.1-inch tablet with 5 times the battery capacity, Asus claims. You'll also be able to purchase a separate keyboard, just like you can do with the Transformer Prime tablet.


And speaking of tablets, Asus also unveiled its upcoming Transformer Pad Infinity Series and Transformer Pad 300 Series, a pair of 10.1-inch slates with varying amounts of internal storage (16GB, 32GB, or 64GB for the Infinity Series and 16GB for the 300 Series). The Infinity sports a 1920x1200 Super IPS+ display with 600 nits brightness and Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and Tegra 3 '4-Plus-1' chip (4G/3G) or just a Tegra 3 processor (Wi-Fi), 1GB of memory, both rear- and front-facing cameras, and Android 4.0.

The Transformer Pad 300 Series also features an IPS screen, but with a 1280x800 resolution. It's built around Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip and also features 1GB of RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras, and Android 4.0.

No word yet on price or availability.

 ASUS PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad Lineup unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2012

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduces the latest ASUS mobile devices and discusses his vision of ubiquitous cloud computing

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (27 February, 2012) – At today’s “Incredibly Mobile Endless Possibilities” ASUS press event, Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the revolutionary PadFone and upcoming Transformer Pad lineup. “The time has finally arrived when every screen in your lives could transcend into a portal with real time access into your digital world,” said Mr. Shih as he introduced the ASUS PadFone which transforms into a three-in-one combination of a smartphone, a tablet and a notebook when accessorized with the PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock.

 

The ASUS PadFone is an incredible 4.3” smartphone featuring a Super AMOLEDqHD display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and an ultra-sharp 8-megapixel digital camera with Fuji image processor all wrapped in an exquisite design that is optimized for Google’s Android 4.0 operating system. When placed inside the optional PadFone Station, it transforms into a 10.1” tablet with 5 times the battery capacity. The PadFone offers unmatched versatility via ASUS’ proprietary Dynamic Display technology which allows seamless transition between the PadFone and PadFone Station display screens. In addition, the PadFone Station offers an optional keyboard dock that essentially turns the PadFone into an ultraportable computing device. The PadFone also comes with the option of a PadFone Stylus Headset which is a Bluetooth stylus pen that transforms into a headset for picking up calls easilyhi.

ASUS is redefining the future of mobile computing devices and is excited to announce the new and innovative ASUS Transformer Pad lineup. Offering three distinct models to fit the unique needs of mobile media consumers, ASUS believes in providing consumers with choices. The ASUS Transformer Pad lineup includes the ASUS Transformer Pad Prime and upcoming ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity series and ASUS Transformer Pad 300 series.

The Transformer Pad Infinity Series is poised to be the go-to tablet for HD mobile entertainment as it features an impressive 1920x1200 Full HD Super IPS+ display and ASUS SonicMaster technology. The 4G LTE* model comes armed with the powerful Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait Dual-core 1.5Gh processor and is capable of download and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps and 50Mbps respectively. The WiFi model features the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor for incredible application and gaming performance. The Transformer Pad Infinity has a 2MP front camera for HD video conferencing along with an 8MP rear camera with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens and LED flash for stunning high quality images or HD video capture.

The Transformer Pad 300 Series makes for an ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform with its NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and high quality 10.1” 1280x800 IPS display with either 4G LTE* or WiFi options.  It features a 1.2MP front camera for video conferencing and an 8MP rear camera with a large F2.2 aperture, 5-element lens allows for high quality images along with HD video recording.  The Transformer Pad 300 Series has battery life of up to 10 hours*, and that is extended up to 15 hours* with the optional keyboard dock.

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone

Networks

WCDMA 900/2100 MHz /EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900

HSPA+(DL: 21Mbps, 42Mbps(optional) UL: 5.76Mbps)

Operating System

Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

CPU

Snapdragon S4 processor by Qualcomm with up to 1.5Ghz Dual Core CPUs and Adreno 225 GPU

Memory

16GB, 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash + 1GB LPDDR2 RAM

Connectivity

802.11b+g+n, Bluetooth 4.0

3.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0

GPS

GPS  and A-GPS Support

Display

4.3“ Super AMOLED, qHD (960 x 540), Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film

Camera

Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel, F2.2 Aperture, Auto Focus with LED Flash

Front: VGA Camera

Others

Built-in motion sensor / proximity light sensor /

gyro sensor / E-compass

Battery

1520mAh Lithium-ion

Talk time

WCDMA: Up to 510 mins    GSM: Up to 650 mins

Standby time

WCDMA: Up to 440 hours   GSM: Up to 373 hours

Expansion Slot

Micro-SD (supports SDHC/SDXC up to 32GB)

Browser

HTTP / Google browser / YouTube browser / Facebook

Messaging

SMS / MMS / Email / IM / Push E-mail (Gmail, Exchange)

Video

Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264 1.4a/H.263/WMV @ HD 1080p

Video Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ HD 1080p

H.264 Video Decode @ 720p / Video Encode @1080p

H.264 / Ogg / Theora / MPEG4 / WMV / 3GP

Picture

JPEG / PNG / GIP / BMP

Audio

MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC

Dimensions

128 x 65.4 x 9.2mm

Weight

129g

Accessories^

Stylus Headset, Station Dock, Sleeve

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: ASUS PadFone Station*

Connected interface

Micro-USB / Micro-HDMI

Display

10.1“, 1280X800,

with capacitive touch/multi-touch, scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film

Camera

Rear: 8 Mega-Pixel (via PadFone rear camera)

Front: 1.3 Mega-Pixel (1280*800)

Others

Vibration sensor built-in,

2 color LED indicators for battery status

Battery

24.4 Watt-hr

Interface

2-in-1 Audio Jack

(Head Phone, Microphone-in)

40pin connector

External Antenna

Phone Antenna / GPS Antenna

Audio

High Quality Speakers, SonicMaster

Dimensions

273 (W) x 176.9 (D) x 13.55mm (H-average)

Weight

724g

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Series

Display

1920x1200 full HD Super IPS+ screen with 600 nits brightness

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2

Operating system

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

CPU

Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait Dual-core1.5Gh – (4G/3G)

NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T33 Quad-core 1.6GHz (WiFi)

Memory

1GB

Storage

ROM:16GB/32GB/64GB

8GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage

Connectivity

802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v4.0(Wi-Fi) ,

Bluetooth 4.0 LE and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR(4G LTE/3G)

Camera

2MP front / 8MP rear-camera with large F/2.2 aperture and LED flash

Interface

2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) /

1x micro-D HDMI 1.4a port / 1 x Micro SD Card Reader /

Dual microphone / 1 x Stereo Speaker

Mobile Dock:
1 x QWERTY Chiclet keyboard

1 x USB2.0 port and 1 x SD Card Reader

 

Sensors

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass

Battery

Pad only: 25Wh – up to 10 hours*

Pad with Mobile dock: 25Wh+ 22Wh – up to 16 hours*

Dimensions / Weight / Colors

Pad only:

263 x 180.8 x 8.5mm/ 586g

Mobile dock:

263 x 180.8 x 8-10.4mm/ 537g

Amethyst Gray, Champagne Gold Color Schemes

ASUS Transformer Pad 300 Series

Display

10.1" WXGA(1280 X 800) LED Backlight screen with 178 degree viewing angle and IPS screen

10 finger multi-touch

Operating system

Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

CPU

NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 Quad-core

Memory

1GB RAM

Storage

ROM: 16GB

8GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage

Connectivity

802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0

Camera

8MP F/2.2 Auto-focus (rear), 1.2MP (front)

1080p video recording

Interface

2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in) /

1 x micro HDMI / 1 x Micro SD Card Reader /

1 x Internal Microphone / 1 x Stereo Speaker

Mobile Dock:
1 x QWERTY Chiclet keyboard

1 x USB2.0 port and 1 x SD Card Reader

 

Sensors

G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass

Battery

Pad only: 22Wh – up to 10 hours*, Li-polymer,

Pad with Mobile dock: 22Wh+ 16Wh – up to 15 hours*

Dimensions / Weight / Colors

Pad only:

263 x 180.8 x 9.9mm / 635g

Mobile dock:

263 x 180.8 x 10.2mm / 546g

Blue, White, Red Color Schemes

*Product specifications, market availability and features may change without prior notice. Actual results vary based on device settings, usage and other factors. Check www.asus.com for further details

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omegadraco replied on Mon, Feb 27 2012 11:35 AM

This seems like a really interesting concept. 3 devices in 3 devices but they can all combine into one device hmm... It truly is a transformer.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Feb 27 2012 11:49 AM

3 devices in one? Seems gimmicky but since it's a Transformer it looks pretty nice; I would want to try this in my hands though.

 

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JDiaz replied on Tue, Feb 28 2012 4:16 PM

Well consider, one core device means no need to sync your data over multiple devices. Whatever you do or keep on it will be there no matter which form factor you switch to. While you can keep everything together for easier portability when traveling.

The only problem is how everything depends on everything... You change phones, they change the design for the next model, etc means everything needs to be replaced. Also, some people tend to misplace or forget their phones and that would make the other two accessories useless. Especially if the phone gets lost or broken...

So I can see the Padfone appealing to some but not all. While the range of Transformers should increase its market appeal with better consumer and premium offerings.

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