Even thought the official launch date set for the Padfone 2 was yesterday in Milan, ASUS went ahead and did a early showcase of the smartphone in Taiwan. The sequel to the original Padfone comes equipped with a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ display with a 720p resolution, powered by a powerful Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor and runs 2GB of RAM.
The handset comes with a 13-megapixel main camera capable of 1080p as well as 720p video recording at 30fps and 60fps, respectively. The camera features a f/2.4 BSI sensor that delivers quality still images and HD video recordings, it has Near Field Communication support and a non-removable 2,140mAh battery to power the device.
Like the original model, the Padfone 2 also bundles with the 10.1-inch IPS HD dock that transform the device into a powerful tablet, making it the ideal device for users who wants both devices, but can only afford one. The tablet dock comes with its own built-in 5,000mAh, which is a downgrade from the 6,600mAh internal battery on the previous model. The company managed to make the device lighter, weighing at 649g with the phone docked in, compared to the 854g of the previous model.
The handset will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out the box but the company didn’t reveal if it will be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in the future. ASUS plans to start selling the Padfone 2 in Taiwan next week for the price of NT$17,990 for the 16GB model, and the 64GB model goes at NT$21,901. If you which to get the tablet bundled in with the phone it will cost you NT$6,000 extra over each model’s price.