ASUS has started rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2 in certain regions of the world. The company had released the Padfone 2 back in October and promised to update the device to Jelly Bean before the end of this year.
The Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2 brings some Project Butter goodness, Google Now, enhanced notification bar, and more. The Padfone 2 runs on a relatively light skinned version of Android, and the Jelly Bean update does not change that. The usual ASUS applications are all included in the update including free 50GB of cloud storage space.
The Padfone 2 is one impressive handset, especially when coupled with its dock. However, the handset cannot be termed a success mainly because of its limited market availability, and the high pricing.
With the Jelly Bean update for the Padfone 2, ASUS continues its impressive track record of providing timely software updates for its devices. The company has already updated its tablets to Jelly Bean, and is working hard on bringing the Android 4.2 update to them before the year-end.
Via – Paul O Brien
Yesterday, ASUS sent out invites for its October 16th event to be held in Taipei, Taiwan and Milan, Italy, where the company would be unveiling the Padfone 2. Just a day later, the packaging and full specs of the handset have been revealed, thanks to a member of Mobile01 forums.
From the specs, the ASUS Padfone 2 looks like its going to be a complete beast. The handset will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Krait (APQ8064) SoC, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP snapper at the back with Zero Shutter lag aided by an LED flash, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, LTE, and a super bright IPS+ 4.7-inch display with 720p (1280×720) resolution. The other usual features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, MHL port and a microSD card slot are also present.
The Padfone 2 also manages to pack in a beefy 2140mAh battery inside its relatively slim 9mm waistline. The specs sheet of the Padfone 2 easily rivals the LG Optimus G and the Galaxy S III, and if ASUS manages to execute the phone-tablet-laptop idea perfectly this time, they might have a winner in their hands.
Motorola wowed the world when it announced the original Atrix back at CES 2011. The Atrix could be docked into a lapdock, to make the handset a full fledged laptop replacement. While the idea in itself is very interesting and sounds useful, it was letdown by poor execution from Motorola.
ASUS, which has redefined the tablet-cum-laptop category with its Transformer line-up of tablets, tried to take Motorola’s idea to the next level with its handset, the Padfone. The Padfone was like any other mid-range Android handset running stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and packed in decent specs – a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED display and oodles of storage space.
The handset, however, could be docked into a lapdock like accessory to become a full-fledged tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. The lapdock like accessory could then again be docked to an external keyboard from ASUS, to become a full-fledged replacement to laptops.
Sadly, the Padfone and its other accessories met the same fate as the Motorola Atrix, and got lukewarn response from the market.
However, ASUS has just announced an event for 16th October where the company will be announcing the successor of the Padfone. The event will be held simultaneously in Taipei, Taiwan and Milan, Italy. Rumors indicate that the Padfone 2 will be sporting 2GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, along with LTE support.
If ASUS manages to price the Padfone 2 right along with its accessories, the company might just be successful with the phone-tablet-laptop replacement idea this time around.
Via – Notebook Italia