At the on-going MWC conference in Barcelona, ASUS has unveiled what might be the most delicious-looking phone I’ve seen announced so far: PadFone Infinity. By now, you’re probably aware that Infinity = High-End where ASUS is concerned, and this phone – ahem, fone – is no exception. The thing that sets all of the PadFone models apart is their ability to dock into a tablet, and with Infinity, both components sport 1080p resolutions.
The phone itself is 5-inches (143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9mm) and 141 grams, while the tablet is 10.1 (264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6mm) and 530 grams (that weight would definitely have to include the phone’s weight). Powering PadFone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor running at 1.7GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU along with 2GB of LPDDR2 memory, while other specs include 3G and LTE support, a 2400mAh battery (plus a 5000mAh one in the tablet component), 64GB of internal storage along with 50GB of cloud storage and finally, a 13 megapixel f/2.0 camera that has the ability to capture photos at 8 frames-per-second.
It goes without saying that PadFone Infinity is going to be one of the most powerful and beefiest phones around, but it’s price certainly reflects it. It’s set to retail for £799 as the kit, which equates to about $1,200 USD. Expensive, yes, but the fact that acts as both a phone and a tablet might negate that painful wallet stabbing feeling just a wee bit.
I can’t help but wish it shipped with a Tegra 4 chip, however, especially after we just learned what it’s capable of.
But here’s the really depressing news: the PadFone Infinity is not coming to the US. Oh ASUS, you tease.