After we had a look at the first Samsung Galaxy S4 rumors, yet another leak that it’s more than interesting makes the headlines. This time is about the ASUS Padfone 2. We already know that this terminal does exist, as it appeared in a leaked ASUS roadmap a few months ago, but now we have a confirmation coming from the AnTuTu benchmark data base.
It seems that the hybrid terminal will debut sometime in late 2013, but since the ASUS engineers have already started to test the Padfone 2. When the AnTuTu benchmark was run, Padfone 2 was using a 1.5 GHz processor, most like a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro unit, just like the previous rumors were indicating. The tested terminal is running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it might debut with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, since it will be launched in 2013, or maybe even with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Anyway, it seems that the new hybrid will arrive with 2 GB of RAM and I am expecting some minor design changes.
The concept of smartphone / tablet / notebook will remain unchanged for ASUS Padfone 2, as it was pretty impressive since the first generation, but the Taiwan-company might make it thinner and revise its design. For example the smartphone might slide in the tablet in a more discreet way, not in a very thick area, who knows. Another change might involve the tablet and the smartphone having their own flash memories, or that the tablet would amplify some of the smartphone’s features, like offering a better camera, more powerful speakers or maybe add some extra RAM for the smartphone.
Of course, all these are just speculations and rumors, but I am pretty confident that we will be able to return with more details about ASUS Padfone 2 after the debut of Mobile World Congress 2013, in February.