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Asus's Padfone Infinity: 5" 1080p Phone Turns Into 10" Tablet

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1080p 4G LTE smartphone can become 10.1-inch tablet with a 1080p display.

Following the commercial success of the Padfone 2, Asus has announced the Padfone Infinity, a smartphone and tablet hybrid.

Asus' Padfone Infinity is a device that offers a 5-inch (441 pixels per inch) 1080p 4G LTE smartphone that can become a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1080p display. It's powered by a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB of RAM, as well as an Adreno 320 GPU.

Also featured is a 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony BSI sensor and wide f/2.0 aperture for enhanced low-light performance, accompanied by a front-facing 2-megapixel snapper. The phone itself measures 8.9 mm at its thickest, down to 6.3 mm at its thinnest. In addition to a non-removable 2,400 mAh battery, the hybrid's operating system is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The Padfone Infinity Station, meanwhile, houses a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution and a 5,000 mAh battery. Powered by the 5-inch smartphone that docks in it, the station does not feature a standalone processor. It has a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, is 10.7 mm thick and weighs 530 grams.

The Padfone Infinity will be available in 32 GB and 64 GB variants with a nano-SIM card slot. It'll retail for $1,200 and will initially launch in the United Kingdom, although an exact time frame wasn't revealed. Global launch details will be revealed closer to the UK release.

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    darkchazz , February 26, 2013 8:09 AM
    I'm glad ASUS has switched to qualcomm SoCs.
    Their previous transformer devices had great hardware but severely crippled by slow tegra chips.
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    fedaykinn , February 26, 2013 9:09 AM
    I have to disagree... I have a Transformer Prime and I don't see how it is "crippled" in any way by Tegra3. I can play all the games in the market with no problems and run any application quite fast. I guess if you look only at certain benchmarks you could say something along those lines, but in "real world" use, the T prime with Tegra 3 has does everything very well. My only complay has nothing to do with the SoC, but with the range of the wifi, which is pretty short... everything else runs perfect.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2013 9:48 AM
    Cool, but 1200$ price is a joke. You can get a high end phone and a tablet for that, and you'll end up with two devices usable at the same time.
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    icemunk , February 26, 2013 9:49 AM
    fedaykinnI have to disagree... I have a Transformer Prime and I don't see how it is "crippled" in any way by Tegra3. I can play all the games in the market with no problems and run any application quite fast. I guess if you look only at certain benchmarks you could say something along those lines, but in "real world" use, the T prime with Tegra 3 has does everything very well. My only complay has nothing to do with the SoC, but with the range of the wifi, which is pretty short... everything else runs perfect.

    I'm a bit disapointed with my Tegra 3. I'm not so much of a tablet gamer, as a movie buff. The Tegra 3 is terrible when it comes to playing hi-definition movies (mkv, avi, etc) and can't seem to handle even some 720p mkv files. I hope Nvidia puts enough power in the Tegra 4 to play full 1080p mkvs'.
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    fedaykinn , February 26, 2013 10:02 AM
    In my experience it has less to do with the SoC than with the player you are using... I have a few movies in 1080p (of course, the prime doesn't reach 1080p so they are resized) and they play fine. I did notice however that the default Android player does not work too well.
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    killerclick , February 26, 2013 10:03 AM
    Fail concept, you can't use the phone and tablet at the same time.
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    icemunk , February 26, 2013 10:24 AM
    fedaykinnIn my experience it has less to do with the SoC than with the player you are using... I have a few movies in 1080p (of course, the prime doesn't reach 1080p so they are resized) and they play fine. I did notice however that the default Android player does not work too well.

    I wish it was just the player or the codec. I have MX Player, Rock Player, Dice, etc but they all have the same problem with stuttering frames, and lag.
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    bustapr , February 26, 2013 11:19 AM
    i dont know if i missed it somewhere in the article, but I see no mention of how a 5" phone turns into a 10" tablet -_-
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    fedaykinn , February 26, 2013 11:32 AM
    Icemunk, Strange, I have no had those issues. I use Mobo, so might be that. I don't know, seems strange that the SoC could render games but not play 1080p. In any case, I don't doubt your issue of course, just say that I have not had any problems myself with Tegra3 and has been more than enough for all my uses. More power is always nice, but I don't see Tegra 3 as a failed SoC. Tegra 4 looks promising, but the great thing is that there are SO MANY promising chips these days, we are in the golden age of processors right now.
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    Non-Euclidean , February 26, 2013 11:37 AM
    KompostCool, but 1200$ price is a joke. You can get a high end phone and a tablet for that, and you'll end up with two devices usable at the same time.


    Agreed. That level of pricing would be expected if this was some iMutation, but this is priced around 400-500 too high.
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    teh_chem , February 26, 2013 12:02 PM
    I got a TF101 when it released and was excited to have a tablet. But after smaller 7" tablets have come to market, I haven't touched my 10" tablet, and generally find it a very inconvenient size/form-factor. 7" is where it's at (for me), but I would be interested in a sort of padphone that uses a ~4.5" phone within a 7" tablet. Just don't know that there would be a lot of engineering space for that size. But I'd definitely be more interested in getting that vs. a 10" option.
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    irish_adam , February 26, 2013 12:06 PM
    >_> for that price you can just buy a phone and a tablet, i mean u still have to carry the screen around if you want to use it as a tablet so whats the difference? except if you buy them separately you can use them both at the same time
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    teh_chem , February 26, 2013 12:30 PM
    irish_adam>_> for that price you can just buy a phone and a tablet, i mean u still have to carry the screen around if you want to use it as a tablet so whats the difference? except if you buy them separately you can use them both at the same time

    I guess the difference would be a unified place for all of your files, and whether you'd have data plans for each device.

    But I agree, that price is pretty absurd. Can't imagine if the phone handset sold by itself that it would be $600. So you're essentially paying another $600 for a screen with an additional battery. Yikes...
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    infernolink , February 26, 2013 12:34 PM
    Watch> phone check
    Phone > Tablet check
    table+ keyboard> laptop Check
    High power laptop> desktop check

    Whats the point of all these different form factors when each is weaker then the last.
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    teh_chem , February 26, 2013 12:41 PM
    infernolinkWatch> phone checkPhone > Tablet checktable+ keyboard> laptop CheckHigh power laptop> desktop checkWhats the point of all these different form factors when each is weaker then the last.

    Do you have a smartphone and use it? If so, then you've answered your own question.
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    InvalidError , February 26, 2013 1:32 PM
    icemunkI wish it was just the player or the codec. I have MX Player, Rock Player, Dice, etc but they all have the same problem with stuttering frames, and lag.

    I personally have no problem playing any of my files up to 1080p on my N7 using BSPlayer.
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    InvalidError , February 26, 2013 1:51 PM
    infernolinkWhats the point of all these different form factors when each is weaker then the last.

    Convenience.

    A high power laptop is a lot easier to move around than a conventional PC.
    A tablet is a lot more convenient to carry around than a laptop when you do not need the laptop's physical keyboard (worst case, use a BT keyboard on the tablet), processing power or storage.
    A smartphone is more convenient than a tablet when you do not need the larger screen and you almost always have it with you regardless of whatever else you usually travel with anyway.

    Nothing to say about watches, ubiquitous smartphones have made them history for many people. The only watch I wear is a heart-rate monitor type and I only wear it during long (10+ km) bicycle rides.
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    dauntekong , February 26, 2013 3:02 PM
    icemunkI'm a bit disapointed with my Tegra 3. I'm not so much of a tablet gamer, as a movie buff. The Tegra 3 is terrible when it comes to playing hi-definition movies (mkv, avi, etc) and can't seem to handle even some 720p mkv files. I hope Nvidia puts enough power in the Tegra 4 to play full 1080p mkvs'.


    I have the Asus Infinity and running 1080p movies is just as smooth as my PC. Of course I have mine's rooted and clocked to my likings. I haven't experience any lags or freezes as of yet.
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    dalethepcman , February 26, 2013 4:36 PM
    icemunkI'm a bit disapointed with my Tegra 3. I'm not so much of a tablet gamer, as a movie buff. The Tegra 3 is terrible when it comes to playing hi-definition movies (mkv, avi, etc) and can't seem to handle even some 720p mkv files. I hope Nvidia puts enough power in the Tegra 4 to play full 1080p mkvs'.


    My TF2 runs hd video just fine. You must have too many background apps/services running, or need to install a clean OS. Cyanogen is great this time of the year :) 

    Pricing on this is a bit ridiculous though. You could buy a surface rt, add bluestacks and have a mid tier winmo and android phone for the price of this, and I thought the Surface was overpriced....
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    rexter , February 26, 2013 5:06 PM
    killerclickFail concept, you can't use the phone and tablet at the same time.

    Hahaha! a five year old boy and his older sister just prove you wrong.

    which is why this Asus's Padfone Infinityis not for me. :) 
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