At an afternoon press conference across the street from MWC 2013's enormous venue, ASUS has just wrapped a (hilarious) press conference that saw the introduction of two new devices (or three?) – the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad. Before we dive in for hands-on, let's take a quick look at the specs and pricing for the devices.


Jonney Shih with the Padfone Infinity

Padfone Infinity

The Padfone Infinity is the tablet/phone combination we were expecting from ASUS today. It's got decent specs, and boasts ASUS' new AOCC "Ubiquitous Cloud" functionality, but has a rather stunning price, pegged at €999. The device isn't expected to make an appearance States-side. Here's a quick rundown:


  • 5" 1080p (441ppi) display
  • Quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13MP Rear Camera (with a 2MP front shooter)
  • 2400mAh battery
  • Up to 64GB built-in storage
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Padfone Station

  • 10.1" 1920x1200 (~224 ppi) display
  • 5000mAh battery

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The Fonepad, likewise, is just what it sounds like – a phone that's also a tablet. But this is not your ordinary phablet – the device rings in at a whopping seven inches diagonally, and packs some specs that are significantly different to (though not better than) the Padfone Infinity duo. The Fonepad may or may not become available in the US, but ASUS specified a $249USD price point for 8GB of storage, with European users set to pay €219 for a 16GB model minus the rear camera. Prospective customers can also choose between Titanium Gray and Champagne Gold color variants. Here's a look at the specs:

  • 7" 1280x800 IPS display (that's ~215ppi)
  • 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4270mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 3MP rear camera (and 1.2MP front camera)
  • Unspecified 3G Connectivity

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While the Fonepad's specs are decidedly underwhelming (especially considering the similarly-positioned Galaxy Note 8.0 from Samsung), we've seen that using an actual tablet as a phone can work for some. We'll be back soon with hands-on photos. In the meantime, do ASUS' new offerings interest you?