Yesterday, we revealed that Asus CEO Jerry Shen had hinted at some initial specifications for his firm's forthcoming Padfone 2 launch, with the European unveiling taking place in Milan later today.
However, given that ITProPortal is in Taiwan on an exclusive TAITRA-led press trip at the moment, we can give you a good few hours' head start on the latest iteration of Asus' new hybrid Padfone - the smartphone-cum-tablet was in fact first introduced at a special press event high above the skyline in Taipei while most of the UK was still sleeping.
The "elegant, simple, and pure" Padfone 2 is a distinctive combination of a high specification Android handset (coming pre-loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich but with a Jelly Bean upgrade available immediately) and a 10.1 tablet that also serves as a dock for its mobile sibling. Featuring a 4.7in Super IPS+ screen protected by scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass, the Padfone 2 handset boasts a display of 1,280 x 720 pixels at 332 PPI, and sports a powerhouse Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with an estimated clock speed of 1.5GHz.
In the engine room sits arguably the Padfone 2's greatest asset: a blockbuster 2,140mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable) battery, with Asus claiming a potentially industry-leading 3G talk time of some 16 hours for its latest product.
Another major strength of the Padfone 2's mobile unit is its camera, which features a 13-megapixel primary rear shooter as well as a 1.2-megapixel front snapper with a standardly impressive f/2.4 aperture speed and 1080p HD video at 30fps.
Indeed, content sharing is one of the features Asus showed off earlier today as being especially slick given the multi-device nature of its new unit – simply slide the handset into the dock and photos and other media can be easily distributed across your chosen channels.
From a connectivity perspective, the new Asus handset packs a full suite of options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, and LTE support (where compatible). Measuring in at 137.9 x 69 x 9mm with a weight of just 135g, it's certainly no porker either.
Coming in 16Gb, 32GB, and 64GB models and available in white or black flavours, pricing is currently restricted to local Taiwanese currency and is pending a reliable conversion – expect that to come via Milan later in the day.
As far as the tablet dock is concerned, the 10.1in multi-touch IPS display features a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels at 149 PPI, and a similarly impressive 13-megapixel primary snapper and a 1-megapixel front camera.
"Asus has realised our commitment to consumers. The development and innovation of [the] Padfone 2 is also a journey in search of incredible innovation and in this process we have been able to create a lot of new experiences," Mr Shen added.
Concluding the press conference today, Asus hoped its new fully integrated pairing will help consumers to "redefine [their] lifestyles" – we certainly can't wait to get our hands on it to see how this ambition takes shape.