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ASUS announces two-in-one PadFone 2 for UAE

Smartphone-tablet combo’s new version packs more power, features

ASUS announces two-in-one PadFone 2 for UAE
The PadFone 2 docks with the station, which is a full-featured tablet.

ASUS yesterday announced the PadFone 2, the follow-up to its PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet. The company will be revealing the product in Mall of the Emirates on 21 February, at leading electronic retail stores from 7 pm onwards.

The new device packs a higher specification, with a quad-core smartphone that slots into a completely redesigned tablet. Check out our image gallery for a closer look.

PadFone 2 consists of a 4.7-inch Android smartphone that docks with a PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, full-featured, 10.1-inch tablet. According to ASUS, apps are seamlessly optimised on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between the two different screen sizes.

The PadFone 2 Station has significantly reduced thickness and weight when compared with its predecessor. At just 649g (1.4lb), ASUS claims the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market (according to Apple's official specification listing the iPad 4 is 3g heavier) and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require "just one swift step" to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase the smartphone screen size to 4.7 inches, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.

ASUS said the higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk time and 13 hours Wi-Fi Web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station's 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk time. PadFone 2 Station's internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.

A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM delivers high-end PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning Glass and delivers "sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility", according to ASUS.

A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a rate of six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature enhanced sound quality too, via ASUS' SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves.

With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers a variety of options for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is shared with PadFone 2 Station when the two are connected. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers high-speed Web browsing and downloads.

PadFone 2 also features a new version of the SuperNote app and messaging app that instantly convert blocks of handwritten notes made in multiple languages into editable text. Its Instant Translation tool also translates any word, phrase or sentence in an email, Web page or app at a touch, without the need for a third-party translation tool.

PadFone 2 will be launched in all leading electronic retail stores in the UAE and the 32GB product bundle is expected to retail for AED 2999.

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