It wasn’t long ago Asus launched the Padfone Mini, a smaller version of its unusual smartphone/tablet hybrid device, which sees a regular smartphone slot into a tablet dock. This setup provides the best of both worlds, while allowing the same data connection to be shared by two devices. Now, just before Mobile World Congress begins, Asus has revealed another model called the Padfone Infinity Lite.
While the Padfone Mini’s specs made it a mid-range device, the Padfone Infinity Lite has a considerably more impressive spec sheet, bringing it closer to the range-topping Padfone Infinity 2.
The phone, which is the heart of the Padfone system, has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 1080p resolution, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor running at 1.7GHz. By comparison, the Infinity 2 has a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, and the Padfone Mini a Snapdragon 400 chip.
A 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of memory are also featured, but the Android 4.1 operating system is a disappointment. The phone slots into a 10.1-inch tablet dock, which has the same resolution display, plus a big 5000mAh battery to keep the phone’s internal cell topped up.
So far, Asus has only confirmed the Padfone Infinity Lite for Taiwan, but it has been pushing the range out to more markets over the past year. A combined local price converts over to around £420 for the Infinity Lite, making it good value considering you get both a phone and a tablet. If Asus is planning a wider launch for this latest model, we could hear more about it over the coming week.