ASUS was going to unveil the Padfone 2 along with its other accessories at an event in Milan today. However, the company has already gone ahead and previewed the handset at its headquarter in Taiwan.
The Asus Padfone 2 packs in a 4.7-inch SuperIPS+ display with 720p resolution, 2GB of RAM, a Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core Krait processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and an Adreno 320GPU. There is a 1.2MP camera in the front coupled with a 13MP sensor at the back with a f/2.4 BSI, capable of recording videos in 1080p resolution or at 720p at 60FPS. All the other usual connectivity features are also present including NFC, along with a fixed internal battery of 2140mAh.
Sadly, the Padfone 2 will be running on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when launched, but ASUS has promised that it will update the device to Jelly Bean sooner than later.
The tablet dock of the Padfone 2 packs in a 10.1-inch IPS HD display, with an inbuilt battery of 5000mAh. The new dock is much sleeker and lighter, thanks to a reduction in battery capacity and the removal of the docking bay cover. ASUS has also gone ahead and replaced the old 40 pin connector on the Padfone 2 and its tablet dock with a smaller 13-pin connector.
The ASUS Padone 2, along with all its accessories, will be available in Taiwan as early a next week for NT$17,990 for the 16GB variant. The tablet dock costs NT$8,990 when purchased separately but the handset and the dock can be purchased in a bundle for only $NT6,000 extra over the phone’s retail price.