MWC 2012: ASUS makes way for Padfone and more

News Radnyee Chunodkar 09:34, 28 Feb 2012

Asus unveils a string of smart gadgets at the MWC 2012

Asus lifted the lid of some powerful devices at MWC 2012 in Barcelona.

The Taiwanese company unveiled its hybrid Padfone, Transformer Pad 300, Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T), and an updated Transformer Pad Prime in Spain.

Transformer Pad 300

With this series, ASUS sets its sight on the mid-range tablet market. Priced at just $399 (Rs 20,000) the device encompasses in its plastic chassis, a 10.1-inch IPS display, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage and 22hr battery life. The device is further powered by Android 4.0 and NVIDIA Tegra 3 (4 x Cortex A9) processor.

Available in three colours – red, blue and silver, the 300 series will have both 3G and LTE mobile data, a first for Asus in any market.

Transformer Pad Infinity

With a price-range of approximately $599 - $799, it is by far ASUS’ most expensive and most powerful tablet. 

Weighing 586g, it has a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display, 1GB memory, 16GB – 64GB storage and a 25hr battery. Processor specs are 3G/4G LTE - 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (2 x Krait) / WiFi - 1.6GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 (4 x Cortex A9). The GPS reception issues that afflicted the Transformer Prime are reportedly fixed in the Infinity.

Updated Transformer Pad Prime

This will sport a front-facing 1.2-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, LED flash, large F2.4 aperture, back illuminated CMOS sensor, touch-to-focus depth of field and low light noise reduction. It will also come equipped with Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3, Android 4.0 ICS, a Super IPS+ screen, and the ASUS-exclusive SonicMaster technology for crisper and clearer sound.


Last but not the least, is the three-in-one device.  The new gadget is a smartphone that slides inside a tablet for a bigger screen and more battery life. Slip the tablet into a keyboard, and it's a laptop that works as a phone.

Endowed with a 4.3-inch 960x540 Super-AMOLED qHD screen the PadFone will come with Android ICS on a brand-new Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The 1GB RAM provides ample capability for multi-tasking, while the Fuji 8-megapixel rear lens and 1.3-megapixel front lens ensures that all the photographing and video-chatting needs are taken care of.

Asus PadFone Station has a 10.1-inches 1920x1280 Gorilla Glass screen. Once you've docked the PadFone with the Station you'll get up to five hours of extra battery life over the PadFone. 

There is no official word on its pricing yet.

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