Asus has announced a new quad-core smartphone that comes with docking station that turns it into a tablet.
The five-inch PadFone Infinity will run Android 4.2 and features a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 64GB of storage, ASUS revealed at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona on Monday. It can connect via 100Mbps LTE and 42Mbps DC-HSPA+.
The phone can be docked with a station to turn it into 10.1-inch tablet. The PadFone can be used for 19 hours of talk time over 3G before needing to be charged and up to 40 hours when docked with its station.
It includes a 13-megapixel camera that Asus claims is able to operate with no shutter lag. A dedicated image signal-processor enhances low-light image quality and enables the PadFone to capture up to 100 sequential photos at 8 frames per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p video. The Infinity can also output 1080p video via its micro-USB compatible MyDP interface.
The phone will be available in Taiwan from April and selected other countries from the second quarter of this year. The combined price of the PadFone Infinity and its docking station is €999. Pricing and availability will vary by country.