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.
Remember the Meizu MX? The Chinese handset maker that had revealed the Meizu MX handset last year, running a custom version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. When the company announced the MX, it also stated that it would be releasing a quad-core variant of the handset.
Yesterday, the company finally announced the quad-core variant of the MX. The Meizu MX is the first handset to be announced by any company to use a non-Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Instead, the Meizu MX uses a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor from Samsung, which is built on the 32nm fabrication process. There is also a very high probability that the same SoC will be found inside Samsung’s flagship handset, the Galaxy S III.
Other specs of the handset are pretty mediocre including a 4-inch qHD (960*640) ASV display, an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 lens aided by an LED flash, a 1700mAh battery and the usual bunch of connectivity features. The quad-core variant of the Meziu MX will be available from early June this year. The handset will be running on the company’s own “Flyme OS UI”, which itself is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The 32GB and 64GB variant of the Meizu MX will cost 2999/3999 CNY and $3099/4099 HKD in Mainland China and Hong Kong, respectively.
Huawei has just announced its first quad-core smartphone, the Ascend D. The quad-core processor inside the phone is made by Huawei themselves, and is clocked at 1.5GHz. Huawei states that SoC has the ”lowest chip temperature” that helps in reducing the overall power consumption. The company is also dubbing the phone to be the fastest quad-core smartphone, and even compared the phone’s performance to that of the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. This 8.9mm handset also has a 4.5-inch LCD screen with a 720p resolution, giving it a density of 330ppi.According to Huawei, the screen also performs excellently outdoors.
The quad-core on the phone is accompanied by a 16-core GPU as well, which according to Huawei is up to 2x times faster than the one on the Asus Transformer Prime and Galaxy Nexus. There is also a 1GB of 64-bit DDR3 RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot.
The phone is not only about power, it comes with a decent camera and other useful features as well. The Ascend comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 digital sound chip, and Audience earSmart voice technology which improves background noise filtration while on a call. At the back of the Ascend D is an 8MP backlit illuminated sensor, aided by an LED flash and a 1.3MP camera in the front. Like all other high-end handsets out there, the Ascend D is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution.
The Ascend D comes with a 1800mAh battery, while the Ascend D XL will come with a whopping 2500mAh battery. Huawei’s proprietary power management technology also helps in improving the battery life of the handsets by up to 30%. Thankfully, the handsets will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box!
While the Huawei Ascend D is genuinely a very nice effort from Huawei, the problem is its launch date. While Huawei did not mention anything specifically, reports suggest that the handset will launch sometime in Q3/Q4 of this year which is a bit too late.