Asus Padfone Infinity represents the 3rd generation of hybrid smartphone-tablet, enriched and improved in every way than the past.
With the arrival of Asus Padfone Infinity, Taiwanese manufacturer Asus is now in its 3rd edition of its hybrid product that can transform the smartphone into a tablet, combining the best of both types in a single product and bringing several benefits to its users.
The first main and powerful part of this product is the ability to be able to use from time to time of the configuration that best suits your needs, using only one phone contract and having all your data in the single memory storage.
As compared to the previous models of Padfone, an all-aluminum body has been used in the new Asus Padfone Infinity, which gives the terminal a feeling of strength and makes it light weight: only 141-grams.
Asus Padfone Infinity gives a Full HD display of 1080×1920 pixels with Super IPS + technology in a 5-inch screen size and pixel density of 441ppi, but despite the generous size of the screen, the smartphone still maintains limited size and is easy to handle even in 143.5×72.8×8.9 mm size. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass Corning and a layer oleo-phobic, which makes it a pleasant touch and facilitates cleaning with the simple passage of a soft cloth.
In addition to the display we find the capacitive buttons on the front, a speaker and the 2-MP camera capable of recording video at 1080p. On the sides we find the 3.5-mm audio jack at the top, the power button, the volume rocker and the speaker on the right, the slot for the Micro-Sim on the left, and the MicroUSB connector with the holes for the attachment the Padfone Station below.
The back of Asus Padfone Infinity is slightly curved to allow a better grip and gives home to the main camera – made by Sony – with a resolution of 13-MP and LED Flash, and NFC chip placed under the logo of Padfone.
Asus Padfone Infinity Specifications:
|Network||2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900), 3G (HSDPA) and 4G (LTE)|
|Status||Available, April 2013|
|Weight||141-g (4.97 oz)|
|Dimensions||143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm (5.65 x 2.87 x 0.35 in)|
|SizeType||5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441ppi pixel density)Super IPS+ LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors|
|Padfone||10.1-inch IPS display, 1920 x 1200 pixels, 5000-mAh battery, 1-MP front camera. 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.7mm, 530-g.|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3 Ringtones|
|Internal||32/64 GB, 2-GB RAM|
|Data||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v4.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host|
|Others||NFC + GPRS + EDGE + HSDPA + HSUPA|
|Primary||13-MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, Autofocus, LED Flash|
|Secondary||Yes, 2-MP, 1080p@30fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face detection|
|Model||Non-removable Li-Po 2400-mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 410 h|
|Talk time||Up to 19 h|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|Chipset||Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600|
|CPU||Quad-Core 1.7-GHz Krait|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS|
|Colors||Champagne Gold, Titanium Gray, Hot Pink|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Others||SNS Integration, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), Organizer, Photoviewer/editor, MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC player, Documentviewer, Voice memo/dial, Predictive text input (Swype), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, ASUS 50-GB WebStorage
Design of the Tablet:
The Padfone Station offers a 10.1-inch display with IPS technology at the resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, which is also protected by Gorilla Glass Corning and a layer oleo-phobic. The size of the tablet is 264.6×181.6×10.7 mm in the weight of 530grams.
On the front there stays a 1-MP camera for video calling. On the sides we find: the power button with the volume rocker at the top, on the left is a 3.5-mm audio jack, and the MicroUSB port on the right. On the back there is the speaker and the slide space to enter the smartphone.
Looking at the specifications, ASUS Padfone Infinity ranks among the top-end products of this first half of 2013. The heart of the terminal is formed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 600 Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.7-GHz and Adreno 320 graphics processor, along with 2-GB of RAM and 64-GB of internal storage space, of which approximately 7-GB are in a partition is not accessible, which contains the Android operating system and utilities for system recovery, while the remaining are available in a single partition.
There is a slot for microSD memory expansion, but if you need extra space, includes support USB On-The-Go, very useful to connect a USB stick or an external hard drive via a cable adapter (not included).
For the connectivity purposes it proves a real world phone, in fact supported the four GSM bands, and even those ones UMTS LTE. The download speed to 42 Mbps data comes in HSPA + (3G) and 100 Mbps in LTE (4G). Then there are dual-band Wi-Fi (a / ac / b / g / n), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, HDMI (via MHL adapter).
The battery is lithium polymer battery and is not removable, but with a capacity of 2400-mAh is not difficult to arrive at night. While a battery of 5000-mAh is present within the Padfone Station, with the double function of display power of the tablet and smartphone charging when needed.
The version of Android is preinstalled in the ASUS Padfone Infinity, is 4.2 Jelly Bean: this makes the terminal examination in one of the very few products to turn the penultimate iteration of Google‘s mobile operating system (except for the Samsung Galaxy S4 on which is already available 4.2.2).
Next to the operating system edition and almost stock with the presence of a few tweaks that make it more usable (such as shortcuts to enable or disable connectivity directly from the notification bar), we find support for cloud storage solution from ASUS – with as many as 50-GB of free storage for 2 years – and backup utilities with the SonicMaster audio equalization.
With a top hardware and software that is not burdened by any additional features or custom interface, the ASUS Padfone Infinity does not disappoint and shows excellent performance. The display has a good brightness over 550 nits and bright colors without any distortion. The system is always fluid and also with different applications in multitasking, it has never betrayed on the mode of smartphone or tablet.
The main camera of 13-MP is maid by Sony, takes good quality photos at a maximum resolution of 4128 × 3096 pixels. There are all the features that have become standard, such as geo-tagging, burst-mode, panorama, HDR, zero shutter lag, face detection and touch focus, but also a whole range of add-ons to improve the quality of photographs or change through filters. In video mode can shoot movies up to 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 60 fps.
Even the audio quality of the ASUS Padfone Infinity is pretty good, the SonicMaster audio in collaboration with the Danish Bang & Olufsen has an excellent performance both with the speakers in the body of the phone or Padfone Station and with the use of headphones or earphones.
As soon as you insert your smartphone in Padfone Station, the transition is quite straightforward: you feel a vibration, indicating the successful connection of the device and in less than a second to turn the display of 10.1-inch. The two sides remain firmly connected, thanks to the Wipers present along the sides of the slide, and the risk of accidental disconnection is practically non-existent, we tried to hit several times by holding the tablet upside down and the smartphone you’re never disconnected. Similarly, when we detach the smartphone from Station the transition from the large to the small screen is instantaneous.
As you have already seen in previous models of Padfone, here you can choose which applications you want to keep active in the transition mode between smartphone and Pad Mode and which automatically terminate. For example, we may want to continue playing a video already begun and close the app when we no longer need. There is also the possibility to assign the label to some applications of Pad only, in order to make them available only in tablet mode and maintain cleaner menus when using the mode smartphone.
In case of receiving a phone call while your smartphone is connected to the Padfone Station, we will see a window non-invasive, with the application in the foreground. You can then answer using the speakerphone or a headset, or simply pull out your smartphone to take it to the ear. In any case it will not be lost functionality of your smartphone, or the ongoing work on the tablet.
ASUS Padfone Infinity: Full Review
With the noble materials, sturdy bright displays, high-definition hardware and the optimized software the ASUS Padfone Infinity is the best, without any doubt that the Padfone Infinity is a better product than its predecessors; the ASUS has produced a device capable of colliding with the best end of this season.
The ability to use a single data contract and the optimal autonomy are among the strong points in favor of the Padfone Infinity, but on the other hand they are not at a cost accessible to all. The proposed ASUS is, in fact, only on the complete solution smartphone + Padfone Station and is presented to the final sale price of no less than 999 euro ($1285).
However for those who are not frightened by the selling price, the ASUS Padfone Infinity is the best combination of both smartphone and tablet
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