Asus launches PadFone Infinity for the price of a decent laptop

Daniel Bader

February 26, 2013 1:23pm

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Asus has launched its next salvo in what it hopes will be a viable crossover genre: the PadFone Infinity. This phone/tablet combo promises savings in the long run, since it negates the need to purchase a tablet separately from the phone, but the €999 price ($1340 CDN) is a bit absurd.

The phone is a decent upgrade over the PadFone 2, which was announced late last year. It has a 5-inch 1080p Super IPS display, a 1.7Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB RAM, a 13MP camera and a 2400mAh battery. It also runs a fairly stock build of Android 4.2, which is nice.

The Pad, which uses the upgraded docking mechanism introduced with the PadFone 2, now has a 1920×1200 display and a 5000mAh battery, promising over 10 hours of battery life — and it also charges the phone — but it’s still an empty shell that requires the phone itself to run.

I’m just trying to think of a reason someone would purchase this over, say, a Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 combo; the leftover money would be enough for a Chromebook or a cheap Windows laptop. Obviously the price will come down over time, but it’s not a price point for most consumers. North Americans need not worry though; there’s little chance the Asus PadFone Infinity will ever see this side of the Atlantic.

Via: Android Police

  • lukeiphone

    Nice, a phone and tablet. What more do you want?

    • icyhotonmynuts

      How about a tablet that works on its own, without the need of the phone to be inserted into the tablet to work?

      Say your phone gets stolen. Now you have an empty shell you can’t use until you get a phone again. Ultra Gayyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • TIME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Wdf Asus. Really wdf were you thinking……. $1300 LMAO

      TIMEOUT!!!!!! TALK TO THE HAND!!!!!!!!

  • kevin c

    I love the concept of the Padfone, and if the Padfone 1 or 2 had been available and compatible with Canadian carriers, I’d be using one right now.

    But the pricing on the Padfone Infinity is a bit crazy.

    For $1300, I could get a Nexus 10 (32gb) tablet, a Nexus 4 (16gb) phone, and still have ~$400 left over to put toward a service plan.

  • screamer

    We know if it comes to Canada it will 999$ and for me perfect because can check in the bus the news on a big screen. Well we have LTE on a tablet and a phone wow. Think about a galaxy combo. 600 $ for the s3 and 500 $ for a note tablet. And what about apple if I want a iPhone 700 $ plus a ipad 600!!!!

    Like it a lot and think to getting one

  • Jimbo

    I like being the techie at work but there is no way I will put that kind of money out for this. Price is king with most people and this will not be picked up by too many people.

    To bad as Asus makes some decent stuff.

  • acwyau

    I agree with screamer that is will most likely by under $1000 when it comes to Canada. The iPad4 16GB sells for a 24% premium in the UK compared to North America, so I’m assuming a similar price gap will exist with this phone. Then it’s pretty much $500 per device, which isn’t absurd. If they can get under $900….then it’s a good buy.

    • pedantic

      That is the Euro symbol, not the GBP Pound £ symbol in the article.

  • Ethan

    Agreed, buy a Nexus 4, Nexus 10, save money. If you need a laptop, buy a cheap laptop – they’re hard to replace for the money. I don’t like the idea of my phone and tablet being one – I have two sets of music for example, and I like to be able to flash a custom rom on my tablet that may be less stable than one that I’d put on my phone.

  • Joseph

    All three of my devices combined cost less than that. What a silly price to start with….

  • Nexus

    You could get a 16 GB Nexus 4, a 16 GB Nexus 7, a 16 GB Nexus 10 and still be left with $350….

    Way to go Asus.

  • Gab

    I guess the advantage is that you don’t have to sync… but cloud syncing has become really easy recently.

  • andy c

    For this price I can get a chrome book pixel… Pass

  • some guy

    I wasn’t even going to dignify this with a “LOL”… buuuut.

    LOL @ $1300

  • MXM4K

    Wonderful concept. But like the Asus Transformer Infinity, it’s priced very high compared to the competition.

  • tomatoes11

    Asus needs better wireless tech to make it work. Sony’s idea of using NFC with the Xperia Z and tablet Z combo is much better. While reading something on your phone you can tap it on the tablet and the tablet will open the browser and the page that you were reading.

    Once NFC can allow you to do the same with phone calls, text messages, email, and message apps, then this padfone idea is obsolete. Wireless mirroring is a much, much nicer solution than a physical dock solution.

    Since Samsung didn’t show any tablets besides the Note 8, lets hope they figured out a dockless solution to the padfone probably and make the GS4 instantly transferable to the tab 3 plus without docking it.

    Maybe add a shrunken down Allshare dongle built into the tab 3 where you can mirror the GS4 on to the tab 3?

  • tomatoes11

    Padfone problem not probably

  • mynameissexy

    $500 tax included and we’ll talk.

  • john

    Decent? More like high end laptop. You can get a decent laptop for $700.

  • screamer

    When somebody would have the chance to play around with the padfone it is just awesome. So the new one is even better. When I think I can connect to the internet everywhere? Wow simple and easy. I love it! I hope well get it somehow here in Canada but we know that not gonna happened because the big three don’t want it.

  • Sam

    Price is simply idiotic. I love it when companies are over the top greedy. I laugh and move on.

  • Donald

    @john

    I know eh. You’d get a decent laptop and any high end phone you want and still have money left over.

  • mmathieum

    €999 is still less expensive than an high-end phone (€649) and an high-end tablet (€499).
    Also, no need to sync files between your phone and tablet.
    Also, more battery life because only 1 SoC to power.