Asus announces LTE PadFone

2013-03-01 10:40
Asus has launched the PadFone Infinity. (Asus)

Asus has launched the PadFone Infinity. (Asus)

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Cape Town - Asus announced on Thursday the launch of its smartphone and tablet set, the PadFone Infinity.

The set comprises a smartphone and tablet combination where the phone fits into the tablet to create one unit.

Asus is well-known for producing computers, but in recent years the company repositioned itself to focus on mobile devices as consumers' buying patterns shifted.

The PadFone Infinity phone weighs in at 141g and the tablet tips the scales at 530g and they are aimed at the premium market.

The phone has a massive 12.7cm display which puts in the range of devices from Samsung and HTC, and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor.

The tablet also sports a high definition display at 25.6cm and both displays are protected by Gorilla Glass.

The phone has no micro-SD card slot, but comes with a minimum of 32GB of memory.

Both devices are finished in polished aluminium and the main camera on the phone is rated to 13 megapixels and an f/2.0 aperture.

Asus is determined to break into the premium smartphone market with this device set powered by Google's Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and higher speed LTE (Long Term |Evolution) networks supported.

There are only a few devices in SA that support LTE. The Asus is targeted at users who may opt for phones like the Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy SIII - all members of the LTE club in SA.

Additionally, Asus offers two years of 50GB web storage with the device, but pricing and availability for SA is unclear.

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