The PadFone is a versatile piece of tech, a smartphone that plugs into a tablet that plugs into a dock. It's an interesting concept, and if you don't use it that often, the three pieces together could probably get you through more than a couple of days on a single charge. Now ASUS is providing a firmware update to the original PadFone, bringing about stability improvements along with stronger WiFi and Bluetooth connections.


The device will remain on Android 4.1 after the update. Nevertheless, there are enough improvements to make this a worthy update.


1. More stable system in phone and tablet PC modes
2. Strengthened Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections
3. Optimized the switching function between Bluetooth earphone and speaker
4. More stable FM radio broadcast
5. Enhanced the e-mail function
6. Improved the phone’s security and SD card data storage function
7. Enhanced the apps’ interfaces and performances

The firmware update is available for WW, RUS, and HK versions of the device. Be sure to grab the correct one before starting the manual upgrade.

Source: ASUS

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Christopher Lee

    Uh...according to the changelog, FM radio broadcast? Is that real?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Does it have an FM receiver?

      • Jan Mikolajczak

        Sure does, works only with earphones plugged in - pretty standard - but also only phone mode ;-)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I think then it was a translation issue. More like FM reception, not broadcast.

  • Gopi Sampath

    I bought Padfone 1 last week and i want to upgrade to Jelly bean. Can you pls post the procedure for it. I'm new to android updates. Looks like the OTA is not recognizing the new firmware availability.