Asus Padfone Tablets: Unique Hybrid Tablet Series for Productive People

Posted by B. Johnson
January 19, 2015 | 0 comments
Asus Padfone Tablets: Unique  Hybrid Tablet Series for Productive PeopleHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Around the tablet-making business, Asus has been really creative and productive in making a bunch of tablets, mostly for Android camp.

Besides its productivity-centric tablets, there is also one interesting tablet series that Asus has been developing for quite some time. It’s called Asus Padfone.

It’s actually really unique. In fact, the tablet model that i’m about to share in this quick roundup is probably the only one on the market right now.

However, I’m not sure about which type of device that Asus calls it in its lab.

But to make it simple, it’s actually a smartphone, a normal touch screen smartphone – just like any other smartphones you see on the market today -.

But interestingly, this smartphone can be docked into a much larger tablet – similar just like putting removable battery inside the smartphone.

And then “voila” – that small smartphone will turn into a larger tablet.

However, the real device here is the smartphone because it is the only one that holds the system and hardware - like the software, the CPU, the GPU, etc.

And i believe the tablet is only used as a 'vessel' for the smartphone, although its screen can use much higher resolution than what smartphone has.

Asus Padfone series actually has been released in varied different models – to be more specific, they are 2 Asus Padfone series released by Asus.

The first one is the regular Asus Padfone series, while the other one is the premium variant called Asus Padfone Infinity, which brings more premium brushed metallic material all over the device.

Okay then, in this quick summary review, i’m gonna show you 4 of the tablets released by Asus under the flag Asus Padfone series.

If you’re interested to find out more about these devices, then be sure to check out my quick review roundup below. Prepare your popcorn and your diet coke.

And enjoy the ride!

Asus Padfone

The first-generation model released under the Asus Padfone series is called Asus Padfone (duh).

Compared to the sequel and the new-gen models, it’s really obvious that Asus Padfone I has nothing to write home about, especially in terms of specs.

However, given that this tablet was released back then in early 2012, then its low-grade of internals can still be acceptable.

Besides, compared to other competition in the same year, this tablet is still considered as powerful in terms of specifications.

However, specs is not the thing that Asus wants to brag from this first-gen model. It’s actually its unique design.

Asus Padfone 1In fact, how unique this device really is, i believe there is no other tablets out there that also use the same design concept just like what Asus brings to this series.

I think Asus did a great job when making this tablet. I believe tts research and development team must have been through a lot of brain storming until they finally came out with this creative design.

As far as the performance goes, Asus Padfone is actually not too shabby at all.

In fact, as i mentioned above, in 2012’s tablet market, what Asus Padfone has in its machine could still stack up against its rivals on the market back then.

Asus Padfone consists in 2 devices – as i mentioned already – the first one and the most important one is “the smartphone”, while the second one is “the tablet dock” called Padfone Station.

The smartphone is actually just a normal Android smartphone just like you’re seeing on the market right now.

However, if you feel that the 4.3-inch display of that smartphone is not really satisfying especially for reading contents, you can then insert this smartphone into the back of the Padfone Station (the tablet).

And it will automatically turn into a tablet, but still running in the same system of the smartphone.

The smartphone has:
  • a 4.3-inch screen sporting the 540x960 pixel resolution,
  • a dual-core Snapdragon MSM8260A processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core,
  • Adreno 225 GPU,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 8MP camera on the back with LED flash,
  • VGA front-facing camera,
  • microSD card slot for up to 32GB
  • and 1520mAh power battery.
And that’s the smartphone device.

Meanwhile, for the “tablet” or Padfone Station, it comes with a much larger 10.1-inch display rocking the 1280x800 pixels and 6600mAh power battery.

Overall, despite being not really popular tablet series, i personally think that Asus Padfone is still a decent quality device.

It has a great sharp display, fast processor, great GPU, big 1GB of RAM, large 6600mAh battery (for the tablet), good 8MP camera and pretty much about its hardware is just great.

However, if you feel that the specs that are armed inside this device are not that adequate to accommodate your needs, especially for gaming, then you should definitely switch to the sequel of this device, right down below.

Asus Padfone 2

Asus Padfone 2The journey of Asus Padfone series is continued by Asus Padfone 2.

And as a sequel model, it’s really obvious that Asus Padfone 2 will bring some bumped up specs here and there on the hardware.

And that’s true because it now has – for starter -:
  • a larger 4.7-inch Super IPS+ LCD display with much higher 720p resolution – as opposed to the 540x960 pixels on predecessor’s 4.3-inch display -,
  • a much faster more powerful quad-core Snapdragon MDM215m/APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.5GHz,
  • more powerful Adreno 320 GPU,
  • much bigger 2GB of RAM,
  • much higher quality 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash,
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • and larger 2140mAH battery – as opposed to the 1520mAh on previous-gen model.
Asus Padfone 2 2Unfortunately, Asus weirdly decides to ditch the microSD card slot on this model. So you can only count on its internal storage to keep all of your media files alive on this device – either 16/32/64GB models.

Meanwhile, the Padfone Station or the tablet device is still the same 10.1-inch display sporting the same 1280x800 pixels.

Overall – despite not having microSD card slot -, i still personally think that Asus Padfone 2 is a great quality device.

It now has much sharper larger display, much even faster processor, more powerful GPU, bigger RAM, higher 13MP camera and pretty much everything about this device is just top notch compared to the predecessor.

And i totally believe that this device will excel in gaming performance given that its GPU now is taken care by the Adreno 320 GPU, which is insanely powerful to handle latest games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 or NOVA 3.

Asus Padfone Infinity

Asus Padfone Infinity 1
As mentioned above, besides the normal regular Asus Padfone series, Asus actually also releases another different series in this same category. It’s called Asus Padfone Infinity, also consisting in 2 different models, the predecessor and sequel.

It’s basically just the same type of device just like 2 models aforementioned above. But what separates them is actually their design and material.

Thanks to its “Infinity” title, Asus Padfone Infinity brings more premium feel and material with brushed aluminum material covering all over the device.

Interestingly, it’s not just about design that makes Asus Padfone Infinity different with the older-gen regular models. But also its specs.

And this is not so surprising given that this tablet was released in 2013 of April, which was a few months after the release of previous-gen Asus Padfone 2.

So the higher-grade of specs on Asus Padfone Infinity are state of the obvious.

Asus Padfone Infinity – the smartphone device -, comes with a 5.0-inch Super IPS+ LCD display sporting much higher 1080x1920 pixel resolution, a more powerful Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, 13MP camera with LED flash, 4G LTE connectivity and 2400mAh power battery.

However, just like the predecessor, there is still no microSD card slot on this model.

So you have to be wise in using the internal storage that Asus provides on this device.

Meanwhile, for the Padfone Station, it has a much higher 1920x1200 pixel resolution than the smartphone, but its battery life has been shrunk down into just 5000mAh – as opposed to the 6600mAh battery on predecessor.

Not to mention, Asus also embeds 1MP camera on the front of this tablet, allowing you to do selfies with this device.

Overall, Asus Padfone Infinity is definitely a huge departure from the predecessor, especially in terms of specs.

It’s also now more powerful for gaming, as it’s now equipped with a much faster and newer Snapdragon 600 processor – the same one found inside the Sony Xperia Z and LG G Pad 8.3 tablets.

So gaming has no issue on this device.

Even the latest most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Modern Combat 5 or NOVA 3 will run smoothly in full graphics.

Asus Padfone Infinity 2

Asus Padfone Infinity 2The last model (actually not the last model because Asus also still has Asus Padfone X that just launched a couple of months ago) that Asus releases under this tablet series is Asus Padfone Infinity 2.

It’s now much even more powerful compared to the predecessor.

It now has a more powerful Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, a better Adreno 330 GPU and the most surprising, microSD card slot for up to 64GB compared to the predecessor.

However, the rest of the hardware are still pretty similar with the previous-gen model, it still has the same 5-inch Super IPS+ LCD screen rocking the 1080x1920 pixel resolution, 13MP camera on the back with LED flash, 16/32GB internal storage options, 4G LTE connectivity and the same 2400mAh power battery.

Asus Padfone Infinity 2Meanwhile, for the “tablet” device or so called “Padfone Station”, there is no change taken place here compared to the predecessor. It still comes with a 10.1-inch display sporting the 1920x1200 pixel display, 5000mAh power battery and front-facing camera.

And i believe the rear-facing camera will be taken over by the smartphone device given that its rear-cover is not closed by any cover of the Padfone Station.

Overall, Asus Padfone Infinity 2 is still pretty huge departure from the previous gen model, mostly in terms of hardware specs. Not to mention, it now has microSD card slot.

So you’ll have no worry anymore if you’re running out of space on its internal storage. It’s actually good to see Asus finally puts this element back to this series.

Conclusion

Well, that’s all for now about these 4 Asus Padfone tablets – or hybrid smartphone, if you would -.

Anyway, as i mentioned already above, Asus actually also has some other models released under the same Asus Padfone series – like Asus Padfone X and Asus Padfone S -.

But given that those new-gen models haven’t been reviewed yet on this website, then this page will be updated in the near future once i’ve finally finished with the reviews.

So you should stick around to this page if you want to keep updated with some new models (or you can bookmark it for instance).

Anyway, if you feel this quick roundup has somehow helped you or your friends know more about Asus Padfone tablets, then be sure to share it guys.

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