MWC 2013: Asus announces Padfone Infinity combo tablet/phone

Asus launched a new Padfone model, called the Padfone Infinity, today during an event held in Barcelona. This launch comes less than five months after the Padfone 2 was launched in Taiwan.

Like its predecessor, the Padfone Infinity is actually made up of the actual smartphone that slots into a tablet, or as Asus puts it a “station”. Like all the latest generation superphones, the Padfone Infinity runs on a quad-core system-on-chip from Qualcomm.

The Snapdragon 600 that powers it runs at 1.7GHz and comes with LTE capabilities and an Adreno 320 GPU. Other features include a 5in full HD display, a 13-megapixel camera that can take up to 100 pictures in eight seconds in burst mode, 2GB of RAM, 64GB onboard storage, Android 4.2 Jelly bean and two year worth of cloud-based storage (50GB) via Asus WebStorage.

Interestingly enough, the battery capacity of the Padfone Infinity is 2,400mAh and this can be tripled by using the Padfone Ininity as charging docking station. The latter has a 10.1in Super IPS display with a full HD resolution, a one-megapixel camera and a microUSB ports.

The Infinity bundle will retail for £799 and the phone will not be sold on its own until further notice. In comparison, other similar smartphones like the Sony Xperia Z or the HTC One costs less than £500 although they don’t come with the same functionality and have less onboard storage.