ASUS has revealed that owners of its odd yet interesting ASUS PadFone smartphone/tablet hybrid will eventually be receiving Android 4.4. But while this won’t take place until the middle of next year at the latest, it will, at least, cover both variants of the device.
The older PadFone Infinity, with a model name A80, is scheduled to receive the update around the first quarter of 2014. This device was announced way back in February and sported a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB storage configurations. The smartphone ran Android 4.2 and had a screen size of 5 inches with a 1920×1080 pixel resolution. The tablet dock, on the other hand, sported a 10.1-inch 1920×1080 display and carried its own 5000 mAh battery.
The new PadFone Infinity was unveiled last September and carried the model name A86. While this model did have a higher CPU, boasting of a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, ASUS made up for it by shrinking the internal storage options to 16 or 32 GB. The rest of the specs are mostly the same for both models, including the Android 4.2 OS installed by default. The Android 4.4 update for this model, however, is expected to come much later, around the second quarter next year.
It is believed that one reason why ASUS has been quite slow in outing Android updates for the PadFones is due to the fact that the devices both function as a smartphone and a tablet, so software must be adjusted and checked to work well on both sizes. But considering the update will be skipping Android 4.3 entirely, it might be worth the wait in the long run.