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MWC 2013 | Hands-on with Asus Fonepad and PadFone Infinity

At MWC this year, Asus has unveiled two hybrid devices based on the smartphone and tablet combination concept. The Fonepad and PadFone Infinity are expected to launch for 220 and 1000 Euros, respectively. We go hands-on with both phablets.

As expected at this year's Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Asus chairman Jonney Shih took center stage at the press event to reveal some of the manufacturer's latest smartphone and tablet devices: the PadFone Infinity and Fonepad.

The PadFone Infinity is the successor to the previous Asus PadFone 2 and will have full phone functionality and features including LTE and a talk time of up to 19 hours. Its 5-inch 1080p display may not be the prime selling point, however, as the phone can also be docked onto a tablet to take advantage of a larger 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display. The phone itself will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S600 SoC and run Android 4.2. Both the phone and its tablet docking station will be made of aluminum with a unibody design.

Meanwhile, the Asus Fonepad is a slightly less pocket-friendly phablet with its 7-inch screen and 3G/UMTS support. Unlike its smaller brother, however, the device is expected to carry an x86 CPU ala Intel's Atom Z2420.

The Fonepad will be available this March in select regions for 220 Euros while the PadFone Infinity will launch on a yet-to-be-announced date for 1000 Euros. Check out our coverage of the press event by our German colleagues for more information.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2013-03- 1 (Update: 2021-05-18)