While the original Padfone convertible hybrid concept didn't exactly light up the smartphone world when it officially debuted at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, ASUS quietly went back to the drawing board and came with up with a much improved offering that has the credentials to challenge the established big boys out there.

While the original Padfone convertible hybrid concept didn't exactly light up the smartphone world when it officially debuted at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, ASUS quietly went back to the drawing board and came with up with a much improved offering that has the credentials to challenge the established big boys out there.

The new phone itself has very impressive hardware specifications that positions it at the top echelons of the Android ecosystem, with a top of the line quad core Qualcomm S4 Pro APQ8064 (first spotted in the LG Optimus G) running at 1.5GHz augmented by a whopping 2GB of RAM to provide a snappy multitasking experience.

 

The display also got an upgrade to a top of the line 720p 4.7 inch LG Super IPS+ panel (previously 4.3 inch) with maximum brightness of 700nits, which means you can use the phone even under broad daylight. Current units come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream sandwich but ASUS is working on a Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update which is slated to be out next month.

 

Top: Centered 3.5mm jack for earphones and regular microSIM slot

 

Left: The Z-height of the Padfone 2 tapers to one end, just like most comtemporary designer products.

 

Right: Elegantly designed Volume Up/Down and Power Button

 

Bottom: Micro USB port with MHL support that also serves the docking connector to the Padfone Station

 

Its non-removable battery has a capacity rating of 2140mAH and its rear facing camera is a 13 megapixel Sony f/2.4 sensor. Unfortunately just like the iPhone and Google Nexus phones, there is no micro SD slot for storage expansion.

 

Phone Specifications

Networks

WCDMA 900/2100MHz

EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

LTE 800/1800/2600MHz

HSPA+ (DL: 21Mbit/s, 42Mbit/s (optional) / UL: 5.76Mbit/s)

LTE (DL: 100Mbit/s / UL: 50Mbit/s)

Operating system

Android 4.0 ICS (upgradeable to Jelly Bean)

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (8064 + 9215m) quad-core Cortex A15 class (1.5GHz) with Adreno 320 graphics

Storage / memory

16GB / 32GB / 64GB eMMC Flash / 2GB LPDDR2 RAM

Color

Black / White

Connectivity

802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 & NFC (mobile payment function is optional and by request only)

3.5mm audio jack, Micro SIM

ASUS 13-pin dock connector (supports Micro-USB 2.0 & Mobile High-Definition Link for HDMI connection)

GPS

A-GPS & GLONASS

Display

4.7“ (1280 x 720) / 312ppi

Super IPS+ (550 nits)

Scratch-resistant Corning® Fit Glass with HCLR Film (anti-fingerprint coating)

Main camera

13MP BSI Sensor Sony Camera, f/2.4 Aperture,

five-element lens, auto focus with LED flash

Front camera

1.2MP

Other

G-sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyro sensor, e-compass

Battery

2140mAh Li-Polymer (non-removable)

Talk time

Up to 16 hours with 3G

Standby time

Up to 352 hours with 3G

Browser

HTTP / Google browser / YouTube browser / Facebook / Google+

Messaging

SMS / MMS / email / IM

Video

Video Playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV @ HD 1080p

Video Recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ HD 1080p / 60fps @ 720p

H.264 Video Decode @ 720p / Video Encode @1080p

H.264 / Ogg / Theora / MPEG4 / WMV / 3GP

Picture

JPEG / PNG / GIF / BMP

Audio

MP3 / WMA / 3GP / AAC / AAC+

Dimension

137.9 x 69 x 9mm

Weight

135g