Asus Padfone Infinity, a unique smartphone tablet that can turn into a laptop

Written by B Johnson December 16, 2013
Asus Padfone Infinity
I always find Asus Padfone Infinity as really unique and interesting mostly because this device lets you turn an Asus smartphone into a tablet and then you can dock it as a laptop with its keyboard dock. Interesting, right?
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In the past few days, actually just yesterday, i decided to showcase 2 of Asus’s awesome devices under the Asus Padfone series.

And they are the first-gen Asus Padfone and the sequel Asus Padfone 2.
Asus Padfone Infinity benchmarks and gaming performance

Interestingly, besides releasing Asus Padfone tablet series, this manufacturer also has other similar series called Asus Padfone Infinity series.

This tablet series also adopts the same exact design concept of a hybrid device containing 1 smartphone and 1 Padfone Station/dock just like the one found on Asus Padfone tablets.

However, there is something that separates Asus Padfone tablets and Asus Padfone Infinity tablets.

And that’s the thing that i want to talk about in this review.

But the question is, how does it perform for playing Android games?

Is Asus Padfone Infinity great as a gaming tablet?

Talking about the performance of Asus Padfone Infinity, then there are many things to write home about on this device.

Unlike the predecessor, Asus Padfone 2, that is packing a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU, the latest-gen Asus Padfone Infinity now comes with so much even better internal hardware than the previous model.

Now Asus Padfone Infinity is armed with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU clocked at 2.2GHz per core, the same 2GB of RAM and the same Adreno 320 GPU.

With all of these new goodies, then no doubt that there will be some major improvements on the performance of this device.

It now runs much extremely faster and much smoother even when doing some heavy tasks at once, like watching movies, browsing internet, listening to music or even playing games.

Gaming performance is definitely the one that will get the most benefits from these new specs, which i will talk about later after this.

It’s worth knowing that the Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU are the same exact specs found on many high-end devices on the market right now, like LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

And these 2 tablets are currently on par with other high-end tablets like iPad mini or iPad Air, in terms of performance.

So with that being said, then Asus Padfone Infinity is absolutely relevant for today’s tablet market and definitely stacks up against the current high-end top flagships like iPad Air, iPad mini with retina display, Samsung GALAXY Note 3, Sony Xperia Z, LG G Pad 8.3 or even the affordable Kindle Fire 7 HDX.

On paper, Asus Padfone Infinity is packing some monstrous specs on it, like a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU. And these specs are beast in current smartphone or tablet market.

As you might know or not, Snapdragon 600 is the second flagship processor from Qualcomm’s new chip line in 2013, while Snapdragon 800 is the top flagship from this chip manufacturer (and Snapdragon 400 is the low-end model).

So that means, Asus Padfone Infinity comes with one of the best processors from Qualcomm.

So without any single doubt, i’m sure that Asus Padfone Infinity is a great and powerful device around the market to date, especially for playing games.

With Snapdragon 600, Adreno 320 and 2GB of RAM, you can play any kind of games on Asus Padfone Infinity, from simple games like Angry Birds, Temple Run 2, Fruit Ninja or even the most graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA San Andreas, GT Racing 2: The real car experience or Need for Speed: Most Wanted, all in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full graphics and complete visual effects.

I also believe that with that type of specs, Asus Padfone Infinity will still be able to play even the most graphically demanding games that are gonna launch in the next 2 years.

But of course, i can’t guarantee whether this device will still be able to play those future games in full graphics setting or not. So time will tell.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Asus Padfone Infinity, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)


Ever since the first-gen Asus Padfone series debuted around 2 years ago, there was nothing to write home about on this tablet, especially when it comes to sales and popularity.

However, in terms of design, the first Asus Padfone managed to bring a fresh air to both smartphone and tablet markets.

Its design is unique but simple.

Asus Padfone is a hybrid device that consists 2 separate devices, a smartphone and a tablet dock called Padfone Station, with the smartphone becoming the real machine that powers the tablet dock.

The smartphone of Asus Padfone is packing the specs that, we should say, are considered as pretty good though, if not the best on the market.

It has a 4.3-inch 540x960 pixel screen, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core Snapdragon CPU, Adreno 225 GPU and some other standard things of any regular smartphone, including the microSD card slot.

Meanwhile, the Padfone Station itself comes with a 10.1-inch with 720p display or 1280x800 pixels that is also packing an extra 6600mAh battery to back up the 1520mAh battery of the smartphone when merged together.

The way to use this device is really simple. If you only want to use Asus Padfone as a smartphone for your daily mobile on the go, you can just bring the phone in your pocket whenever you’re leaving your house.

However, if you want to enjoy that Asus Padfone smartphone in much larger display, you can simply insert that smartphone into the dock of Padfone Station that is placed on the back cover (just like inserting battery in any tablet or smartphone), and then.. voila.. your 4.3-inch Asus Padfone smartphone will turn into a 10.1-inch tablet device with higher resolution and longer battery life.

After the launch of Asus Padfone series (Asus Padfone and Asus Padfone 2), Asus decided to continue this project but interestingly, under the new flag, Asus Padfone Infinity.

As the new tablet series, Asus Padfone Infinity certainly has some new things not to mention improvements compared to the predecessors.


Asus Padfone Infinity - Full tablet specifications

Through Asus Padfone Infinity, the sector that Asus wants to highlight on this tablet is definitely its design.

Compared to the previous Asus Padfone series, Asus Padfone Infinity comes with a much better looking design and most importantly, premium material, unlike the regular Asus Padfone models that are using some plastic polycarbonate material.

And having known that, then it’s obvious that Asus Padfone Infinity will cost more expensive then the Asus Padfone series.

Asus Padfone Infinity no doubt now looks even more beautiful and elegant with the premium material, on both smartphone and the Padfone Station. Being a premium tablet, then there will be some noticeable differences that we can see between Asus Padfone Infinity and Asus Padfone tablets.

As you can see, on the front side of the smartphone, there is no curve shape anymore on the bottom area of this phone.

Now that curve design has been altered into a flat surface by Asus, which really makes the phone look more expensive and premium than Asus Padfone.

Around the side of the phone, you can also see some metallic trimming similar that kind of reminds me with the fake metallic trimming on the current-gen Samsung GALAXY S4 or Note 3.

This also really helps a lot in giving more elegant look to the phone, making it feel sturdy and solid when held in hands.

This is actually the thing that i really like from this device.

I can tell how Asus is really serious to bring this series to the far new level.

It’s really clear that, despite the mediocre success of Asus Padfone series compared to big names like iPhone or Samsung GALAXY flagships, Asus is not afraid to put Asus Padfone Infinity in the high-end top shelves in the market.

I think it’ll be interesting to see how this latest series sell in the market because Asus Padfone Infinity is not just a smartphone, but also smartphone and tablet device.

With that being said, then Asus Padfone Infinity will arrive on both smartphone and tablet market as well.

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  • 4G LTE
  • Nano-SIM
  • Released in April 2013
  • - 10.1 inch Padfone Station with IPS 1920 x 1200 pixel display, 1 MP front camera, 5000 mAh battery.
  • 5.0 inch Super IPS+ LCD capacitive 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 1.7 GHz Krait CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • No microSD Card slot
  • 32/64 GB Internal storage
  • 13 MP rear-facing with LED flash
  • GPRS
  • EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • USB
  • Android OS 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • FM radio
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable 2400 mAh battery
Besides the design improvements, as the flagship model of this series, Asus Padfone Infinity obviously brings some new enhancements and tweaks here and there on both software and most importantly, hardware.

When compared to the regular Asus Padfone models, Asus Padfone Infinity now comes with much higher quality specs like:
  • higher resolution of 1080 pixel screen on both smartphone and Padfone Station,
  • much newer Android build,
  • more powerful Snapdragon 600 processor,
  • much stronger Adreno 320 GPU
  • and front-facing camera on the Padfone Station.
The specs of Asus Padfone Infinity are definitely so much even better than the specs on predecessor, Asus Padfone 2, that is packing 1280x800 pixel screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core, Adreno 320 and no support for front-facing camera.

So besides upgrading the design, it’s really good to see that Asus also made some improvements and enhancements on the specs of Asus Padfone Infinity, making it worth upgrading from the old model.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Snapdragon 600 on Asus Padfone Infinity is far more powerful than the old quad-core Snapdragon CPU found on the first-gen Asus Padfone, which is gonna give benefits to the gaming performance of this new device.

But we'll get more on that later.


Compared to the older gen Asus Padfone 2, the display of Asus Padfone Infinity is no doubt a huge departure from the predecessor.

Asus Padfone Infinity comes with a 5-inch 1080x1920 pixel display for the smartphone and a 10-inch 1920x1200 pixel display on the Padfone Station.

So having known that, then the screen quality of Asus Padfone Infinity will be insanely sharp and incredible.

For your information, 1920x1200 pixel screen of that Padfone Station currently is the today’s standards of most high-end tablets on the market.

The latest gen Google Nexus 7 has it, Kindle Fire HDX has it too.

Meanwhile, the 1080x1920 pixel screen of Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone is also the standard of top shelves flagship smartphones around the market, like Samsung GALAXY S4 and GALAXY Note 3.

The good thing is, unlike the Super AMOLED screen on the first-gen Asus Padfone, the screen of Asus Padfone Infinity is a Super IPS + LCD.

And the one that makes Asus Padfone Infinity amazing because everything that you throw on the screen of this device will look more realistic and the colors that are displayed will not be over saturated like on the Super AMOLED screen.

So that’s the other good thing of Asus Padfone Infinity.

The IPS or In-Plane-Switching technology on the screen also allows users to set the screen at brighter level without draining the battery life.

Again, that's great too, right?

User Interface

Asus Padfone Infinity ReviewThere are not much differences to be found on the User Interface of Asus Padfone Infinity.

It still comes with Asus’ same-as-usual customized UI just like the other Asus Padfone devices, with its own custom skins, icons and wallpapers.

However, given that the screen is now extremely sharper and clearer than the predecessor, then I’m sure that Asus Padfone Infinity brings some tweaks and improvements on the whole look of its UI, like new icons of apps and battery life bar on the top, new improved features, new skins, new wallpapers and many more.

Meanwhile, for the Padfone Station, you’ll also find many new goodies of features and different type of UI on this tablet dock compared to the smartphone, which I think is really important to enhance user experience and give more different look when using the smartphone and the tablet.


One of the underrated things from Asus’s devices that most tech sites around the net never really brought up to the public is their cameras.

Even though not all Asus tablets have great quality camera, i can tell that the 13MP rear-facing camera on Asus Padfone Infinity is capable to take some decent shots or videos.

First of all, it’s because it is a 13MP camera so no doubt the picture or video quality taken with that camera will be absolutely amazing and sharp in final results.

Second of all, it’s because i already saw that even the cheap Asus tablet called Asus MemoPad 7 HD, which is only $150, could take some great photos and videos, despite having much lower 5MP camera than Asus Padfone Infinity.

So with that being said, then i can guarantee that the 13MP camera on Asus Padfone Infinity will be able to take much even better quality photos or videos than Asus MemoPad 7 HD.

Battery Life

One of the best things of having Asus Padfone Infinity is definitely its great battery life.

As mentioned above, Asus Padfone Infinity consists 2 devices, a smartphone and a tablet dock called “Padfone Station”.

These 2 devices are packing 2 different power batteries, with the smartphone getting the 2400mAh battery, while the tablet dock gets the 5500mAh battery.

So that makes them have around 7900mAh battery combined. And this is already huge for a tablet, although not that huge compared to the 9000mAh battery on Google Nexus 10 or Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10.

So Asus Padfone Infinity could probably survive around 8 to 10 hours if you intend to use this device for doing heavy stuff like playing games in the row without resting or watching HD movies in marathon.

However, if you only use this device for some normal tasks, like watching movies, reading books, browsing the web, listening to music and playing games combined in normal non-crazy usage, then you can expect this device to last in 1 solid day or even more than 1 day.

User Opinions

Compared to the previous model, like Asus Padfone 1 and Asus Padfone 2, then Asus Padfone Infinity can be said as more superior and powerful than the 2 predecessors.
  • It has so much better looking design and premium material,
  • it has full HD 1080 display on both devices,
  • it has more powerful hardware specs,
  • it has much faster performance,
  • and pretty much everything on Asus Padfone Infinity is just superior than the previous models.
So with that being said, then Asus Padfone Infinity is definitely worth upgrading for those of you who already own Asus Padfone 1 and Asus Padfone 2.

And for other people who are still confused and hesitant of getting this device, then don’t be, Asus Padfone Infinity is a great and revolutionary device on the market to date.

There’s no device around the market has the unique and amazing design concept like Asus Padfone Infinity.

What makes me really impressed with this device is how Asus Padfone Infinity can be used as a 10.1-inch tablet and also a smartphone, even with the similar 1080p quality display on both devices.

I also like how Asus Padfone Infinity is packing some monstrous specs on it, like a quad-core Snapdragon 600, Adreno 320 and 2GB of RAM, making sure that you can play even the most graphically demanding games on Google Play Store, like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2 or GTA San Andreas, in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

And this is one of the main selling points of Asus Padfone Infinity, as a great gaming smartphone and tablet.

So if you’re currently in great shape financially and wanting to buy a high-end expensive tablet, then Asus Padfone Infinity is no doubt a great choice for you.

But if you don’t really like the concept idea of 2-in-1 device of Asus Padfone Infinity, then you can still pick up either LG G Pad 8.3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, Sony Xperia Z, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE and the cheaper ones like Google Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX or Tegra Note 7.

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