The day has finally come and ASUS has announced its refresh of the PadFone Infinity which, probably to no one's surprise, does indeed run on an upgraded processor. But ASUS has also thrown in a few additional features that would probably be of interest to those looking to nab of these smartphone/tablet hybrids.
Just to get the basic specs out the way, the new PadFone Infinity's processor was upgraded to a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2 GHz from its predecessor's Snapdragon 600. The internal storage has been modified as well. Instead of the original 64 GB, the new PadFone infinity only has 16 GB and 32 GB configuration options. But worry not as ASUS has now added a microSD slot to make up for it. The rest of the hardware is practically the same, making the new version completely compatible with existing PadFone Infinity accessories such as the Infinity Station dock.
More emphasis has been put on the PadFone Infinity's cameras, a 13 megapixel F2.0 rear camera and a 2.0 megapixel front-facing camera. ASUS has introduced a new feature called PixelMaster that is able to increase the image quality by squeezing in pixels from 13 megapixel shot to a smaller, but higher quality 3 megapixel image. The camera is also capable of burst shots of up to 25 shots per second, but only when set to 3 megapixels. In regular mode, the speed is reduced to 8 shots per second.
There has also been very noticeable changes in the software, especially with the look and feel of the user interface, to improve the visual aesthetic and consistency. It also comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right out of the box. Unfortunately, for some reason, ASUS has decided to cut out the Garmin navigation software which came pre-installed in the previous PadFone generation.
The new ASUS PadFone Infinity now comes in two color options: Titanium Black and Platinum White. No news of international availability yet but the device will be available in Taiwan from ASUS and carriers for a price of 18,990 NT$, or roughly $640, for the 16 GB version and 20,990 NT$, around $710, for the 32 GB model. The Infinity Station dock, on the other hand, is priced at 7,000 NT$, or $240.