First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
ASUS Padfone Infinity Android phone (preview)
The ASUS Padfone Infinity is the third-generation model of the Padfone series.
- Full HD screen
- Hefty internal memory
- Slightly heavier than predecessor
- No microSD card slot
- No AU release date or price
The ASUS Padfone Infinity is the third-generation model of the company's Padfone line of products. It has a full HD display, a 13-megapixel camera and up to 64GB of internal memory.
ASUS seems hell bent on the modular concept of a smartphone that docks into a tablet shell. The company has just unveiled the third-generation model of its Padfone product, the Padfone Infinity. It boasts a full HD display, a 13-megapixel camera and up to 64GB of internal memory.
The Padfone Infinity is the third Padfone product to be released by ASUS. The company started with the original Padfone, then launched the Padfone 2 last year, though it still hasn't officially released that model in Australia.
The Padfone Infinity is an upgraded version of the Padfone 2. The biggest improvement appears to be a 5in, full HD Super IPS+ display with a resolution of 1920x1080, up from a 4.7in, 720p display on the previous model. This gives the screen a pixel density of 441ppi, which is among the highest on the market.
The internals of the phone have also been given a significant boost. The Padfone Infinity is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and has 2GB of RAM. There's also up to 64GB of internal memory available, though there's no microSD card slot to expand that storage.
The ASUS Padfone Infinity weighs 671g all up (Padfone Infinity docked into Padfone Infinity Station) which is slightly heavier than the Padfone 2. However, the phone itself is thinner (8.9mm) than its predecessor and the Padfone Infinity station also gets a higher resolution screen. The 10.1in IPS screen now has a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, up from the Padfone 2 Station's resolution of 1280x800.
Unfortunately, owners of the original Padfone or the Padfone 2 will be disappointed to learn that the Padfone Infinity won't work with previous models of the Padfone Station. If you're upgrading from either of these models, you'll need to purchase the new dock, too. The Padfone Infinity itself has a 2400mAh, non-removable battery that ASUS says will last up to 19 hours of talk time, while the Padfone Infinity Station has a 5000mAh battery that's rated at 57 hours of talk time.
The ASUS Padfone Infinity will ship with the latest 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android operating system. The device will support both 3G and LTE data, so it will work with Australian 4G networks if and when it launches Down Under. Interestingly, the Padfone Infinity uses a nano-SIM rather than a micro-SIM.
ASUS will launch the Padfone Infinity from April in Europe starting from €999. There's been no word yet on an Australian release or pricing, with ASUS Australia saying it is "waiting for the team from head office to inform us of the schedule" Down Under.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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