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Asus releases PadFone 2 – What you need to know

Asus has launched the follow-up to its innovative smartphone-tablet hybrid, with the PadFone 2 – packing in a range of noteworthy features that are a step-up from the first incarnation.

The PadFone 2 has already been described as “bigger and faster” by some reviewers. Here are the specs and features that will help you make up your mind about the device.

Asus PadFone 2: What’s new?

At 649g, the 4.7-inch PadFone 2 weighs in at 208g lighter than its predecessor, while still offering a smooth transition from smartphone to tablet.

Asus has done away with the PadFone Station Dock. Instead the PadFone 2 slides neatly into the back of the new PadFone 2 Station tablet.

The original OLED panel for an integrated Super LCD has been swapped for a Super IPS+ HD display, with a resolution of 1,280×720 pixels, making for sharper and more vibrant graphics.

The PadFone 2 also features Snapdragon’s powerful new S4 quad-core processor, compared to the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor which featured on the first PadFone.

The 13MP camera with Full-HD video also improves on the 8MP snapper offered on the original PadFone.

Asus PadFone 2: Hit or miss?

Reviews of the device, which comes complete with a 10.1-inch tablet station offering a 1280×800 IPS display, have been glowing on the whole, with the device’s generous 2GB of RAM receiving praise, amongst other features.

Although the device does lag a little behind in terms of its OS, featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, as opposed to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the fact that it comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions, could see it give the iPhone 5 a run for its money.

UK pricing for the device has yet to be confirmed, though it is expected to be in line with the iPhone 5. It seems that it’s a case of so far, so good, for the PadFone 2.

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