Asus PadFone 2 revealed: 4.7-inch tablet docking beast returns

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asus-padfone-2-top.jpgAsus have updated their madcap PadFone range (first unveiled back at MWC 2012), revealing the Asus PadFone 2 at an event in Taipai, Taiwan this morning.

For those unfamiliar with the wacky PadFone, it pairs a large smartphone with a docking tablet display that’s powered solely by the phone component.

The Asus PadFone 2 features a 4.7-inch smartphone with 720p Super IPS+ display and Corning Fit Glass. Under the hood, it’s powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and backed by 2GB of RAM.

Running Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich (with the promise of a Jelly Bean update in the near future), the phone also comes with a stonking 13MP rear camera and LED flash, which also offers full HD video recording. A 1.2MP front-facing camera is also available for video calling or dodgy self portraits.

A good-sized 2140mAh battery should last a full days worth of usage, but if it’s running low on juice you can always slip the “Fone” into its accompanying tablet “Pad” display.

This docking display adds an additional 5000mAh battery to proceedings, and pumps the phone’s display out through a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution panel.

When paired together, the two devices weigh just 649g (514g of which is for the Pad), making them perfectly portable when docked together.

Gerald Lynch