The New Padfone Lets It All Hang Out

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The Asus Padfone took 12 months to arrive on the market after it was first announced. Now, for multi-tasking device lovers everywhere, there's a new version of the smartphone powered tablet — and it seems to want to show off its insides.

The first iteration of the Padfone had a little door to hide the phone that powers the tablet, whereas the Padfone 2 proudly shows off the phone, which slots into a dock on the back of the device. There it stands, protruding from the back of the rather thin tablet.

The phone itself is a bit of a snorer, in the bigger-is-better vein of Android phone design: 4.7-inch 720p IPS display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera... but only Android 4.0.4. Connectivity-wise, you're looking at LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

The tablet packs a 1280 x 800, 10.1-inch display, with a mere 5000mAh battery to complement the phone's 2140mAh cell. In fact, the tablet unit itself has seen a battery downgrade, which is a bit weird.

All told, it's not clear how much better than the original Padfone this second iteration will be. But then, targeted at a pretty niche market in the first place, it's not clear how useful the format itself is anyway. Do any of you use a Padfone? [Asus via The Verge]