If you’re in the market for a new phone, the choice may be more difficult, with a new Asus phone-tablet hybrid on the way, updating the last model significantly by making it faster and ready for 4G.
Reviewed only recently, the Asus Padfone is a device that brought with it some interesting expectations.
Is it a phone? Is it a tablet?
The answer was both, but mostly a phone, with the handset able to be plugged into the tablet for the sharing of files, mobile connection, contacts, messages, and more.
This week overseas, Asus has unveiled the next iteration of the Padfone, with some interesting updates to the product, including a bigger 4.7 inch screen up from the 4.3 inch from the first, 720p HD resolution, quad-core processor instead of the dual-core from the first generation, and 2GB RAM which should help Android run even faster, as we saw when we reviewed Samsung’s 4G Galaxy S3.
The phone will also include support for fourth-generation mobile connectivity (4G) using the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology, and should be compatible with both Optus and Telstra’s networks when it arrives.
Over on the multimedia front, the Padfone 2 will receive a 13 megapixel rear camera with a 1.2 megapixel for the front, although Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” will be present, with an update coming for the most recent version – 4.1 – also known as “Jelly Bean.”