Rumour: ASUS to announce Padfone 3 at MWC 2013

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Feb 022013

ASUS Padfone 2The ASUS Padfone 2 is less than six months old but Digitimes reports that ASUS will unveil the next generation of its smartphone-tablet hybrid device at MWC 2013 later this month. No details about the Padfone 3 (assuming that will be its name) were provided.

If the overall dimensions of the smartphone itself do not change, it could work with the current ASUS Padfone 2 Station, allowing ASUS to offer an alternative configuration to customers.

As for its predecessor, the Padfone 2 appears to be doing relatively well for ASUS. It is reportedly nearing global sales of 1 million units. With shipments ongoing, it should be able to surpass the million mark in the near future. Perhaps ASUS will expand availability to include North America with the next model.

The report adds that ASUS will announce the Padfone 3 alongside new smartphone models with large displays. An 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet, the VivoTab TF810, will also be announced sometime this month (perhaps at MWC as well?).

There is little to go on here so take this with a healthy dose of skepticism for now. Let’s see if some corroborating evidence surfaces in the coming days.

Read more: Digitimes

Promotional ASUS Padfone 2 videos

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Oct 162012

Along with today’s ASUS Padfone 2 announcement, ASUS has released three videos of the smartphone/tablet hybrid device. The first is a short 30 second promotion. It is followed by a longer video that goes over the technical specifications of both the Padfone 2 and its Padfone 2 Station. The third and longest video delves a bit into the manufacturer’s ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy.

PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7″ Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1″ tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.

This might be as close as we get in North America to seeing the ASUS Padfone 2 in action.

Read more: ASUS [via YouTube]

ASUS announces ASUS Padfone 2 and Padfone 2 Station

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Oct 162012

As expected, ASUS today unveiled the Padfone 2, the Android smartphone that transforms into a tablet with its optional Padfone 2 Station accessory. The event was held in both Milan, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan. The Padfone 2 smartphone itself boasts improved specifications, including a quad-core processor and LTE connectivity, over its predecessor while the dock has been completely redesigned.

ASUS Padfone 2ASUS Padfone 2 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0.3
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE / HSPA+ / EDGE / GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS & GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super IPS+
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB onboard and 50GB free ASUS Webstorage for 2 years
  • Rear-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Front-facing camera: 13MP AF with f/2.4 aperture
  • Battery: 2,140mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 137.9 x 69 x 9 millimeters / 135 grams
  • Colours: Black, White

ASUS Padfone StationASUS Padfone 2 Station specifications:

  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: 1MP
  • Connectors: ASUS 13-pin dock connector
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Weight: 514 grams

The ASUS Padfone 2 will launch before the end of December in a number of European and Asian countries. No mention was made of a North American launch and it remains unclear if the Padfone 2 will ever launch here. It will sell for €799 (about CA$1030) for the 32GB model and €899 (about CA$1160) for the 64GB model with the Station included.

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ASUS Padfone 2 pictures and specifications leaked

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Oct 132012

A number of press images of the ASUS Padfone 2 have leaked ahead of its unveiling event on October 16th. They reveal not only the smartphone itself but also its PadFone Station accessory.

Rumoured ASUS Padfone 2

Rumoured ASUS Padfone 2

Meanwhile, Bloomberg got a sneak peek at the smartphone and its PadFone Station docking accessory. The smartphone looks much like its predecessor but will sport a larger 4.7-inch HD display and a 13MP camera. No mention was made of LTE, another rumoured addition over the original version. The PadFone Station itself has been significantly redesigned and is thinner and lighter.

ASUS will formally unveil the ASUS Padfone 2 on October 16th. It remains to be seen if we will see it in North America.

Read more: @evleaks [via Twitter], @evleaks [via Twitter], and Bloomberg

ASUS teases Padfone 2 again

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Oct 102012

ASUS took the unusual step of revealing on its event invitation that it would unveil the Padfone 2 at an event on October 16th. The teasing now continues on its website:

ASUS Padfone 2 teaser
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The ASUS Padfone 2 is expected to offer a similar set of accessories as the original Padfone. The smartphone can be docked into a tablet docking base and a keyboard can be added to complete the transformation from smartphone to notebook.

Days ago, a number of specification details also leaked out. If accurate, the Padfone 2 will come with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, a 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) display, GSM and WCDMA connectivity, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and a 2,140mAh battery.

ASUS will livestream its October 16th event for those who cannot make it to the event which will be held in both Milan, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan.

It remains to be seen if the Padfone 2 will make its way to North America.

Read more: ASUS and Eee (in Italian) [Google translation]

ASUS to unveil Padfone 2 on October 16th

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Sep 202012

ASUS will unveil its Padfone 2 at two launch events on October 16th. The successor to its innovative ASUS Padfone, effectively three devices in one, will be unveiled at events in Milan, Italy, and Taipei, Taiwan. Whereas most event invitations provide few clues to what will be revealed, the ASUS invitation specifically mentions that Padfone 2 although it gives no further details.

ASUS Padfone 2 press event

The original Padfone smartphone could be docked into a PadFone Station, effectively transforming it into a 10.1-inch tablet. An additional keyboard accessory turned it into a laptop. The Padfone 2 is expected to be very similar but with a number of upgrades. Among those could be a quad-core Snapdragon S4, Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and LTE connectivity.

With no event in North America, it remains to be seen if we will see the Padfone 2 here.

Read more: NotebookItalia (in Italian) [Google translation] (Source: Phandroid)

ASUS planning PadFone 2 with 4G LTE connectivity

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May 152012

The ASUS PadFone has yet to be released (despite being announced not just once but twice) but that has not stopped ASUS from planning a follow-up. The PadFone, billed as a 3-in-1 device, allows you to dock a 4.3-inch smartphone into a PadFone Station to transform it into a 10.1-inch tablet. Mention of a PadFone 2 turned up on a slide during an ASUS employee strategy debriefing.

ASUS Padfone 2 coming soon?

Little is known about this second version but it should be quite similar but add 4G LTE connectivity.

There is no word yet on availability and pricing of the ASUS PadFone 2.

Read more: Android Tablet Blog (Source: Phandroid)