The ‘Lite’ trend seems to be catching on in the mobile world. This is the re-use of existing device names with the word ‘Lite’ added in at the end in order to signify a lower-end model than the original. Samsung’s been doing this a lot lately (though it looks like it prefers the ‘Neo’ suffix to achieve the same goal). And now Asus has joined the club by unveiling the PadFone Infinity Lite.
This is in fact a watered-down version of the second-generation PadFone Infinity that was announced by the Taiwanese company in September of last year. The Infinity is Asus’ flagship offering that is a smartphone that can be docked into a tablet.
The PadFone Infinity Lite comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD IPS touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,400 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 143.5×72.8×8.9 mm, and it weighs 145 grams. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is extremely disappointing in this day and age – when the latest version of the OS is 4.4 KitKat.
The tablet dock sports a 10.1-inch 1,920×1,200 IPS touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 5,000 mAh battery. Its dimensions are 264.6×181.6×10.6 mm, and it weighs 532 grams.
The main difference between this and the PadFone Infinity 2 from last year is the chipset used – Snapdragon 600 for the Lite version, Snapdragon 800 for the ‘normal’ one. Strangely, the Lite also gets an older version of Android to boot.
Pricing has only been announced for Taiwan, where you’ll be able to purchase the phone for around $461, and the tablet dock for about $231. So the PadFone Infinity Lite is indeed cheaper than the non-Lite variant. It’s unclear when or if the new PadFone Infinity Lite will make it to other markets.