ASUS Malaysia has teased a new FonePad tablet is coming to our shores very soon. The screen is said to be bigger yet but manages maintain a slim profile with a narrower bezel.
The device in question is the new ASUS FonePad 8 that’s powered by Intel’s 64-bit processor. With growing demand of tablets with phone call features, this will be an extra option for those seeking something better than the current FonePad 7.
Update: The PadFone Infinity that’s on sale in Malaysia caries the A80 model number. This runs the mid-range Snapdragon 600 processor. The newer A86 PadFone Infinity runs the Snapdragon 800 is not available in Malaysia. At the moment, ASUS has no plans to bring the A86 model here.
The top-of-the-line PadFone Infinity is now available in Malaysia with a retail price of RM2,699 for the 32GB version together with the tablet docking station.
The PadFone Infinity is a hybrid device of sorts. It consist of two components: one is the LTE smartphone which houses a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a full-HD 1080p 5-inch Super IPS+, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP f2/0 rear camera and a 2,400mAh battery pack. The other is the tablet docking station that has a 10-inch 1920×1200 touchscreen along with a 5,000mAh battery.
The smartphone docks into the tablet station allowing you to use the device as a tablet when you want to. The advantage of this is that your data and other essential stays intact whether you’re in tablet or smartphone mode. It’s a novel idea and one that has many potential.
You cah check out what we think about the ASUS PadFone Infinity here.
The ASUS PadFone Infinity which is arriving in Malaysia this month has gotten a new sibling. Simply called as the New PadFone Infinity, the new version offers updated hardware and some improvements on its build quality.
Although the design is rather identical, there are some subtle changes on the new version. The back comes with diamond cut edges which gives it a more premium feel, a microSD card slot for storage expansion and a secondary mic for noise cancellation. Internally, the processor is upgraded from the previous 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 to a faster 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800. .
The rest of the PadFone hardware remains the same which includes a 5″ Full HD Super IPS display, 13MP BSI camera, 2MP front facing camera and a 2,400mAh battery. In terms of storage, the new version comes with a lower option of 16GB/32GB while the 2GB memory has been upgraded from LPDDR2 to LPDDR3.
Meanwhile the base PadStation tablet remains unchanged with the same 10.1″ display that pushes 1920×1200 pixels resolution. In case you’re wondering, the new PadFone Infinity does work with the current PadFone Infinity’s PadStation. To differentiate itself from the old one, the new Padfone Infinity comes in new Titanium Black and Platinum White colours. Pricing wise, the smart phone costs NT$18,990 (Approx. RM2,073) while the PadStation tablet is an extra NT$7,000 (Approx. RM765).
No word on its availability yet but if you can’t wait, the current PadFone Infinity is priced locally at RM2,699 for the 32GB version. The price is inclusive of the 10.1″ PadFone station.
You can watch the hands-on video by Engadget after the break.
The ASUS PadFone Infinity which is a convergence of Tablet & Smart Phone is finally coming to Malaysia. ASUS Malaysia has mentioned on its Facebook page that it will available locally by end of September. Earlier on, the PadFone Infinity was initially priced at 999 Euros (Estimated RM4,000 at that time) but ASUS Malaysia has priced it more sensibly at RM2,699 for the 32GB version with the accompanying station tablet.
The PadFone Infinity consist of 2 devices with the smart phone being the heart of its integration. The phone comes with a 5″ Super IPS+ display that does Full HD resolution and runs on a Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It comes with 2GB of RAM and has 32GB of storage. It is quite a big leap from its original PadFone.
Meanwhile, the station tablet base retains the same 10.1″ screen size but this time it pushes a higher 1920×1200 resolution. For imaging, it comes with a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and 5 elements lens and over at the front there’s a 2MP camera. The smart phone unit is juiced up with a 2,400mAh battery while the station tablet has 5,000mAh. The benefit of having such solution is that switching between tablet and smart phone is rather seamless as everything runs off the smart phone.
You can read up our hands-on first impressions from MWC 2013 over here.
The ASUS FonePad has been spotted at SenHeng’s IT catalog with the retail price tag of RM849. Officially announced at MWC 2013, it didn’t take too long for the Taiwanese maker to release it here in Malaysia.
To recap on the device, the ASUS FonePad has similar Nexus 7 like dimensions with an aluminium body instead of the usual textured plastic. Like its name suggests, the FonePad allows you to make phone calls and it comes with the earpiece speaker at the top. The front 7″ IPS display pushes a similar 1280×800 pixel resolution that gives a pixel density of 216ppi.
Instead of the usual Quad-Core processor, the FonePad is powered by Intel’s Atom 1.2GHz processor mated with 1GB of RAM and it comes with 8GB of storage. Unlike the Nexus 7, the FonePad comes with expandable microSD memory slot and has a 3MP camera at the back with a front facing 1.2MP camera. Operating system wise, it runs on a recent Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. For RM849, this is a worthy alternative to the iPad mini and even the Nexus 7.
You can check out our hands-on experience with the ASUS FonePad over here.
Head after the break for the FonePad promo videos.
The FonePad made its debut at the 2013 Mobile World Congress and is a new breed of 7-inch tablets to feature Intel Atom processors as opposed to the more conventional Snapdragon or Exynos chips in other tablets. Intel claims that its Atom chips designed for mobile internet devices offer better power efficiency over competitors.
The tablet is encased in an aluminium body (available in Champagne Gold or Titanium Grey) and feels like a premium version of the Nexus 7 with almost identical dimensions and the same display resolution of 1280×800 pixels pushing a pixel density of 216ppi. Powering the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean FonePad is an Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM.
Two variants are available, an 8GB unit for Asia which comes with a 3MP rear facing camera and a 16GB version for Europe without a rear camera. Over at the front, both versions get a 1.2MP secondary shooter.
Above all this, the most attractive feature of the FonePad is its asking price. Starting from USD249 or about RM780, the FonePad sits between the entry level ASUS Memo Pad and the Nexus 7.
Combine the attractive price with a premium build and the ability to make phone calls right out of the box, and you have a very good value for money tablet that will give other tablets in the segment a good run for their money, the iPad mini included. The FonePad is indeed well worth a look.
So when can you take a look at it? ASUS Malaysia is getting ready to launch the FonePad sometime mid-April. We’ll keep you posted on official pricing and availability. In the meantime, check out our hands-on video of the FonePad right after the jump.
ASUS has revealed its “Metallic Miracle” at MWC 2013 with 2 new devices – FonePad and PadFone Infinity. Probably the most interesting of the two is the FonePad, a new 7″ Intel Atom based tablet that lets you make phone calls at an affordable price. Meanwhile, the PadFone Infinity is the 3rd generation of its PadFone convergence device that offers both Phone and Tablet in a dockable format.
Read more on these 2 new devices after the break.