ASUS Padfone MWC 2012

After our our preview of two days ago we were able to test more thoroughly the new creature of ASUS, the Padfone, one of the most innovative products seen this year at MWC in Barcelona.

Some of you might rightly argue that the Padfone was presented last year during the MWC, but within a year the improvements made by ASUS are felt and the end product is very competitively priced. Competitive because it offers something that other manufacturers have not yet offered.

We do a summary of the technical characteristics of the Padfone, including data of the batteries is to broaden both smartphone accessories (tablet and dock); the data refer to smartphones only, we’ll then delucidarvi on the characteristics of the other three attachments:

  • Android OS 4.0 ICS
  • CPU Qualcomm MSM8620A Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core Krait, S4
  • 16/32/64 GB internal memory
  • 1 GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn and Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS and A-GPS
  • 3-inch Super Amoled display with qHD (960 × 540) Gorilla Glass with film HCLR (to decrease the footprints)
  • 8 Megapixel rear camera, Auto Focus/VGA Camera and Led Flash
  • Expandable memory (micro-SD slot) up to 32 GB
  • Output micro-USB
  • Sizes 128 × 65.4 × 9.2 mm
  • 1520 battery mAh
  • Weight 129g

The design of the Padfone (the only smartphone) is, according to ASUS, inspired by the design of the line ZENBOOK. The property is surrounded by an aluminium frame which, together with the rear knurled plastic, allowing the user a secure grip.

Let’s talk in more detail about the tablet. We finally secure data on the battery that comes with the tablet in which embed the smartphone: 6200 mAh, who along with greatly expand the autonomy of 1520 phone device. Since we are also characteristics of the first “accessory” (we call it an accessory because, according to ASUS, the smartphone will be sold separately from the tablet):

  • Micro-USB/Micro HDMI
  • 1 inch display with 1280 × 800 resolution Gorilla Glass with film HCLR
  • 3 Megapixel front camera
  • Rear camera: the usual smartphone (the door let slip the camera and led flash)
  • Notification led to two colors for the battery
  • Additional GPS antenna
  • Dual speakers with SonicMaster technology
  • Size: 273 × 176.9 × 13.55 mm
  • Weight (including smartphones): 716g

The tablet uses a particular proprietary technology by ASUS, the DDS, Dynamic Display Switch, that technology that is allowing him to quickly switch from one display to another by inserting or extracting of the smartphone in the housing.

And here we are at the second accessory: the pad station dock. As we have already said the dock looks a lot like that of the first Transformer model; also in the dock are 6200 mAh battery for a total 13920 mAh astronomical with all three devices connected. The two still give precedence to the smartphone accessories, keeping it constantly charging. The autonomy of the three devices combined should arrive at 20 consecutive hours. Unfortunately we do not have data on the weight of the dock station but combined with the other two devices should not exceed the total weight (pad + dock) of the Transformer First. The dock also has two standard USB input and SD slot.

Last but not least the capacitive stylus manufactured by ASUS. We finally got to try it with your hand and we can say that the accuracy is truly remarkable: despite the rounded tip of a generous size, the device perceives each input precisely. Not only that, the stylus is also compatible with other devices (we didn’t use it for example on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus). But surely the most innovative feature is the ability to answer calls using the pen, which acts as a “headset” bluetooth. The Padfone also features a proximity sensor to notify users if you are moving away too, with the stylus, tablet (to prevent signal loss).

The nib lends itself well to use with ASUS’s proprietary application useful for SuperNote, collecting notes. Since we specify that the Padfone is sold with the entire suite of applications, including MyCloud (which includes remote control of your PC MyDesktop and 8 GB of memory “in the clouds” free for customers ASUS) and SuperNote.

We then made another short video to tell you about some of the more we told you about in the article.