ASUS didn't stop its Mobile World Congress extravaganza at the contraption it calls FonePad, going on to announce the third installment in its PadFone line of smartphones that transform to tablets by simply docking into larger touchscreens. The new PadFone Infinity features a larger smartphone, and increased screen resolutions on both the phone and tablet-dock.
To begin with, the smartphone component features a larger 5-inch screen, compared to the 4.7-inch one the PadFone 2 features; its screen features 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (441 ppi), compared to 1280 x 720 on the older version. The tablet-dock sticks to the 10.1-inch screen size, but its resolution is stepped up to 1920 x 1200 pixels, up from 1280 x 800 on the PadFone 2.
Moving on, the PadFone Infinity also features an overhauled hardware feature-set over its predecessor. It is driven by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro 600 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.70 GHz, featuring faster Adreno 320 GPU; 2 GB of RAM, a choice between 32 GB and 64 GB of internal storage, and 4G LTE cellular networking.
The smartphone features a more sharpeyed 13-megapixel primary camera with an f/2.0 lens, and AF; and a 2-megapixel front-facing cameras (on both the smartphone and tablet-dock), which are capable of 720p video capture. The smartphone component of PadFone Infinity features a 2,400 mAh battery that promises 19 hours of yap-yap, which gets boosted to 40 hours with the tablet dock's auxiliary battery.
Like its predecessors, the PadFone Infinity won't make it to US markets. In Europe, it will start at €999.