Quirky. Unusual. Bizarre. Exotic. Those are only a few of the adjectives tech bloggers and writers have used to describe the Asus PadFone line of Android-powered hybrid devices.
Kicked off in the spring of 2012 with a 3-in-1 gizmo capable of seamlessly transforming from a smartphone to a tablet and then laptop, the PadFone family has months later welcomed a new member, built around the same principle.
The third-gen PadFone, also known as Infinity, saw daylight back in February of 2013 and, while it ditched the keyboard dock, it very clearly improved on its functionality as a phone and tab. Still, the tech world continued to be reluctant towards the hybrid series, most likely due to the extravagant pricing and Asus’ inability to release the PadFone Infinity in due time and on a global scale.
Yet the Taiwanese are not ready to call it quits on this product line and they’re actually already hard at work in prepping an Infinity follow-up. Spotted a while ago getting the green light from the NCC (Taiwan’s FCC-like agency), the T004, or A86, has popped up in GFX Bench’s database, showing off parts of its juicy spec sheet.
Namely, we now know for sure (or at least close enough) that this PadFone Infinity 2 (or however it’ll be called) runs on one of Qualcomm’s brand new and uber-zippy quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPUs, clocked at a beastly 2.2 GHz.
The same MSM8974 SoC is however found inside the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G2, as well as the upcoming HTC One Max, Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3, so once again Asus might have to bow out of the spotlight.
Unless the company is really serious about making a move on the US smartphone market. Of course, American carriers don’t really love these kinds of multitasking, multi-faceted devices, but maybe Asus can take the high road, launch just the smartphone part of the new PadFone Infinity with subsidies and put the tablet station up for grabs separately.
Enough with the suppositions and speculations though and let’s see what else the newly emerged benchmark reveals about the T004. For one thing, Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean seems to be on board. Also, the display boasts a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, which sounds spectacular, but is actually on-par with that of the first Infinity’s panel.
Sadly, that’s all she wrote for now regarding the fourth-gen Asus PadFone, which means that everything else shall be unearthed come next week’s IFA. Keep in touch.