A few days ago a device, rumored to be the successor of ASUS Padfone, was spotted in the AnTuTu benchmark tests logs. Now we have the confirmation that the ASUS Padfone 2 is real and that we will get our hands on it sooner than expected.
As expected it will be named ASUS Padfone 2 and its launch event was scheduled for October 16th in Taipei, Taiwan and Milano, Italy. This means that the first Padfone have met ASUS’ sales expectations and the Taiwan-based company though that its successor might be able to compete against the high-end Android smartphones and tablets.
You probably know that ASUS Padfone is a novel concept. Together with ASUS Padfone Station it can be easily transformed into a tablet. Then add the Padfone Station Dock and you will have a notebook / ultrabook running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
I guess that the new generation ASUS Padfone will have a quad-core processor. Now we’ll have to wait and see whether ASUS will go for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz – the best chipset of the moment, or it will use the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 we’ve seen on the TF300 and TF700 tablets.
According to some unofficial benchmark tests the ASUS Padfone 2 will have 2 GB of RAM, going along with the trend started by some Android smartphones like Galaxy S3 (US variant), Galaxy Note 2 or LG Optimus G. The graphic processing unit of the S4 Pro chispet will definitely be Adreno 320 GPU and since the Taiwan-based company will want their smartphone to be compatible with the 4G LTE networks, the Snapdragon S4 Pro seems to be the best solution. Anyway, we will see all the details on October 16th.
Rumor has it that the screen size will grow to 4.6 – 4.7 inches, most likely with HD resolution.