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[MWC 2013] Hands-On (Video) With The ASUS Padfone Infinity And Fonepad

While I was a bit too preoccupied at ASUS's press conference to really pay attention to the details of its products (you can find said details here), later in the day, I headed over to the ASUS booth on the MWC show floor to check out the Padfone Infinity and the Fonepad.

The Padfone Infinity was first on my list. After a few minutes with the phone portion, I wasn't particularly impressed, but I wasn't appalled, either.

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[MWC 2013] ASUS Announces The 1080p, Snapdragon 600 Padfone Infinity And 7" Fonepad

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.

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Jonney Shih with the Padfone Infinity

Padfone Infinity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx0NZ5O03HI&feature=youtube_gdata

The Padfone Infinity is the tablet/phone combination we were expecting from ASUS today.

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ASUS Padfone 2 Updated To Build 10.4.11.13 – Here's The Full Changelog

Less than a month after its last firmware update (to build 10.4.9.6), ASUS' Padfone 2 is getting another incremental bump. The Padfone 2, which we know as the turducken of the mobile world, already got Jelly Bean 4.1.1 in December, so updates hence have naturally focused on the usual performance, stability, and other enhancements. Today's update to build 10.4.11.13 brings, among other things, new camera firmware, improved navigation, and a handful of optimizations.

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ASUS PadFone 2 Updated To Build 10.4.9.6, Full ROM Download Available For WWE And RU Devices

ASUS has just uploaded the full ROM of build 10.4.9.6 for the Turducken PadFone 2, which brings a whole slew of improvements and enhancements to the device:

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Padfone 2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out For WWE / HK Variants, Full ROMs And Changelog Available

While I can't say I know anyone that has a Padfone 2, if you do, and you have a WWE or Hong Kong version of the device, you can get the official update to Android 4.1 right now. You can grab the full firmware files (V10.4.5.36) here. The changelog, below.

Changelog
1. Upgraded to Android OS 4.1.1
2. Improved USB Internet Sharing to avoid disconnection
3. Improved the device’s audio quality
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ASUS Posts 4-Minute Padfone 2 Behind-The-Scenes Video, Takes You Even Deeper Into The Turducken

ASUS just unveiled the second generation Padfone, which seems to be an improvement over its predecessor in every way imaginable. The phone has a better processor, more RAM, a larger, high-resolution display, and a much better camera. The Tablet Station is somewhat similar to last year's model, but even the way the phone is docked into it is more intuitive than ever. In fact, that's exactly what ASUS was going for with every aspect of the Padfone 2: intuition.

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ASUS Makes The PadFone 2 Official – Sleeker Design, Updated Specs In Tow

At an event in Milan this morning, ASUS made official the PadFone 2 – the tablet/phone combo device that looks to improve on its predecessor while continuing the goal of providing "incredible mobile flexibility." ASUS touts a redesign of both the phone and tablet elements, the integration of which appears to be much more elegant than the original, with the phone sliding vertically into the back of the tablet, ditching the clumsy door of the original PadFone for a sleek dock.

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ASUS Sends Out Save The Date For Padfone 2, Will Be Announced On October 16th In Milan, Italy And Taipei, Taiwan

Looks like ASUS is gearing up to announce the second iteration of its Turducken phone, the Padfone. A save the date for October 16th was sent out this morning to numerous Italian blogs, highlighting a dual-announcement - one in Milan, Italy, and another in Taipei, Taiwan, which is where ASUS is headquartered.

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We haven't heard much about this updated phone-in-a-tablet-in-a-laptop before now, but rumor has it that a quad-core processor should be powering the device this go around.

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ASUS Padfone Build 9.20.1.22 Now Available - Brings Android 4.0.4, Better Battery Life, Improved Stability, And More

ASUS' hybrid monster, the Padfone, is getting itself a nice little OTA to build number 9.20.1.22. The update brings enhancements and bugs fixes, as well as a small bump in Android version:

  • System upgrade to Android 4.0.4
  • Elevate system stability and optimize the operating performance
  • Optimize Dynamic Display Switch (DDS) performance
  • Optimize power consumption
  • Optimize Camera performance and quality
  • Message / Email edit function improvement
  • Group Edit
  • Email update frequency, "peak time" and "Off peak time" setting feature added.
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[Video] ASUS Releases Official Promo For The PadFone Boasting 1.5GHz Dual-Core S4 Processor, SAMOLED Display, And A Stylus That's Also A Headset

Remember ASUS' PadFone from MWC? The Taiwanese manufacturer today released an official teaser for the device-within-a-device, boasting its display, processor, economical benefits, and impressive battery life.

https://youtu.be/-gjxrjKzfr0

For those who may have missed the specs sprinkled throughout the promo, here's what we know so far:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display (the tablet features a 10.1" display, no word on resolution)
  • 8MP rear shooter (featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens)
  • Stylus/Headset accessory
  • Over 14,000mAh battery power between the pad, phone, and dock

Overall, the PadFone is still looking like a pretty intriguing device.

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