Asus PadFone 2 - The Attraction Of The Phone-In-Tablet Combination (Part 7)

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In terms of the battery life, the dedicated 8.13Wh battery of this PadFone 2 lasts for 7 hours and a half in the standard video-looping test via 3G (there is no LTE in Taipei for us to try conducting with it), but do not be deceived by the seemingly better battery life compared to that of the Optimus G: the screen’s brightness of the former is 550 nit, whereas the latter peaks at 470 nit. Taking these things into account and assuming that there is no other important variable, these two APQ8064 devices would have the incredibly similar power consumption level.

The PadFone 2’s battery

The PadFone 2’s battery

When being combined with new PadFone Station, the dual quad-core PadFone 2 lasts 9 hours and a half replaying videos continuously with the background synch via 3G, although the last 1.5 hours was it in the phone mode because the tablet was out of work as its battery was used up – very similar to the first generation PadFone Station. The result approximately equaled to what we had with the original dual core PadFone in the tablet mode which is the evidence for efficiently asynchronous performance of the Kraits – just like the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 model which just has Wi-Fi. Obviously, you will find out more time to play games with the phones with you choose the “Phone Preferred Mode” or “Power Pack Mode” under the charging settings in the PadFone Station Assistant tools. The “Intelligent Mode” sets balancing the charging process between two devices as the default because the tablet usually requires more power to operation, so this mode gives you more time to play on your tablet.

Finally, we decided to pay more attention to the recharging times. The PadFone 2 just needs 2 hours to complete its charging process, whereas if docked, the intelligent charging feature would complete its mission in just more than 3 hours, and after that come the tablet’s battery. It just takes roughly 2 hours, so the total is just 5 hours. However, the PadFone Station can also be charged without the requirement that the phone is docked inside, but the omission of the LED indicator makes it necessary to insert the phone to see the battery status.


As smartphone is becoming more and more similar, Asus keeps bringing the changes and real excitement to the market. The first Transformer Pad is not an instant success, but the next coming appearance helps Asus solidifying its position in the tablet market. We thought the same thing would happen to the PadFone series. Just half of a year after the first attempt, its successor just appeared in time with all of its best components: the powerful and efficient quad-core processor, strong graphics engine, large cellular screen, best-in-class camera performance, LTE and super cool user experience. All of that is just the phone.

The Asus PadFone 2 – phone-in-tablet device

The Asus PadFone 2 – phone-in-tablet device

As the main selling point of the whole PadFone concept, the much lighter PadFone Station will finally help Asus make its point: the PadFone's tablet experience is no longer hindered by any extra weight (and it's even lighter than some similarly-sized tablets now), yet you still get the benefit of instantly porting everything between the two screen sizes whenever you want. What's missing this time round, though, is the element of productivity: it really needs a dedicated hinged keyboard to make a strong statement, and there's nothing more attractive than being able to comfortably type out documents with a physical keyboard while viewing them on the larger touchscreen, and then review them on the smaller screen instantly while on the move. Sure, there's the whole cloud hype that even Asus is part of these days, but you may not have internet connectivity all the time (especially for frequent travellers), meaning there's always a delay of some sort between saving a document on one device and then viewing it on another. So iron out the bugs, throw in a dedicated keyboard dock (preferably with a built-in SD card reader) and Asus will have the ultimate killer package.

As the most valuable point of the whole PadFone concept, the much lighter PadFone will help Asus score the important point at last: Experiencing the PadFone tablet will no longer be hindered by the addition weight (it is even lighter than any of contemporary tablet which has the same dimension), but you still benefit from its ability of switching immediately between 2 sizes of the screen any time to like. However, what is omitted this time is for the purpose of increasing the productivity: it really needs a hinged keyboard in order to state a powerful statement, and there is nothing else that would be more appealing than typing the document comfortably with a physical keyboard while watching them on the larger touchscreen, and then reviewing them on the smaller screen right after that while moving. However, it is impossible to connect to the Internet all the time (especially for the frequent travellers), which is equivalent to the fact that there are always some delays between the data savings and viewing them on another device. Therefore just working on the flaws, adding a dedicated dock keyboard (maybe a built-in SD card reader) and Asus would hold a premium killer package.


·         Price: $610


·         Powerful and efficient quad-core chip

·         Premium camera performance

·         The incredibly light tablet

·         Innovative docking mechanism


·         No dedicated dock keyboard

·         No microSD expansion


·         Asus just owns an appealing as well as powerful cellular PadFone and PadFone Station.


Asus just owns an appealing as well as powerful cellular PadFone and PadFone Station.

Asus just owns an appealing as well as powerful cellular PadFone and PadFone Station.



·         Dimension: 137.9x68.9x9 mm

·         Weight: 135 g


·         Type: Super IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

·         Size: 720x1,280 pixels, 4,7 inches

·         Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass

·         Multi-touch: Yes

·         Memory

·         Card slot: No

·         Internal: 16/32/64 GB, 2GB RAM


·         GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 ~ 48 kbps

·         EDGE: Class 10, 236.8 kbps

·         Speed: DC-HSPA+, 42 Mbps, HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps

·         WLAN: Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wifi Direct, dual-band, Wifi hot spot

·         Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

·         USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)


·         Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

·         Feature: Geo-tapping, touch focus, face detection

·         Video: Yes, 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps

·         Secondary: Yes, 1.2MP, 720p


·         OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

·         Chipset: Qualcomm MDM216m/APQ8064

·         CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

·         GPU: Adreno320


·         Non-removable Li-ion 2140 mAh battery


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