The Asus Padfone 2 has been launched in Milan and this latest incarnation of the phone/tablet pairing has seen some improvements thanks to the company listening to users of the previous model.
If you missed the original Padfone the concept is a smartphone that slots into a dummy tablet device essentially giving you two devices in one. The phone provides all the processing power and memory functions for the tablet whilst the tablet docking device has extra battery power packed into it.
The actual docking feature has been improved with the smartphone now being slotted into place rather than placed under a cover like the previous model. Once docked the screen information on the smartphone is transferred to the tablet screen so you can work on the bigger 10.1-inch display.
When combined the Asus Padfone and station weigh in at a combined 694g which is lighter than the latest iPad 3 and the phone itself is packing a 4.7-inch display and a powerful 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The camera is an impressive 13-megapixel lens with 6fps for 100 continuous shots and 720p video recording at 60fps which is better than the Galaxy SIII
The phone is likely to sit in a higher price bracket to its other top end peers but when you consider that this is a tablet and phone it is actually good value. The phones hardware and design sits it right at the top of the tree with the likes of the iPhone 5 but will it tempt users over? That remains to be seen and we should expect this to hit UK shops in early 2013.
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