Is Asus working on the Padfone S2?
Thanks to user Madthing for waking me up, as the owner and pretty much the only member of the team of this website left, I'm not very active anymore. I still have my Padfones, and use them everyday. So if anyone likes to help me keep the forums spam free, and update the site every once and a while, I'm open for it.Now without any further ado
Bear in mind that this information is based on unverified leaks.
The Padfone S2
should be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the latest and greatest CPU from Qualcomm. It will have 4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB storage space. The rear camera of the phone will be a 20.7MP camera, and the front camera will be perfect for 8MP selfies.
The Padfone S2
should be available in March of 2016, so that's still a long time to go.You can discuss about this device in the Padfone S forums.
Finally, KitKat is available for the New Padfone Infinity
Asus first released KitKat for their second generation Padfone (the Padfone 2, A66) several months ago. After that they rolled out KitKat for their third Padfone (the Padfone Infinity, A80). And now they finally released it for one of their strongest devices, the New Padfone Infinity, A86.
The update is currently only available for Padfones with the TW or CHT SKU
's. We don't know when other SKU
's will follow.
The new KitKat upgrade brings the new ZenUI to the device. It's a pretty big turn around, but it seems like a nice addition to the default Android skin, it still nicely maintains Asus's "clean interface status".
The update is not available via OTA
, it is only available for download via the official Asus website here
We would also like to invite you to discuss about this update in this thread
on our forums.
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KitKat also available for Asus Padfone Infinity (A80)
A couple of months ago Asus announced that their Padfone 2 (A68), Padfone Infinity (A80) and New Padfone Infinity (A86) would get updates to Android 4.4 (KitKat).
A couple of weeks ago the Padfone 2 got it's update to KitKat version of Android. Now it's time for the Padfone Infinity (A80).
Where the Padfone 2 got an update for all it's SKU
's, the Padfone Infinity is currently only limited to Taiwanese SKU
's (TW and CHT).
The updates can be found on the official Asus website
.And as usual we like to invite you to discuss this update in our still growing community.
Asus New Padfone Infinity (A86) users still have to wait for their update to KitKat, but as soon as we know anything we'll be on top of it.
Asus announced the Padfone S
When Padfone Club first started it was only based on "The Padfone". But who knew that this device would grow out in such a big serie, with a Padfone to choose from for everyone?
Padfone, Padfone 2, Padfone Infinity, New Padfone Infinity, Padfone Mini
, Padfone X
... And now the Padfone S.
The Padfone S is the non-US version of the PadFone X
, which is available in the US since June. Unlike the Padfone X
the PadFone S comes with a newer Qualcom Snapdragon 801 processor, offers a splash-proof coating, and supports wireless charging. These seem to be the only differences between the two models. Thus, similarly to the PadFone X
, the S is comprised of a 5-inch smartphone and a 9-inch tablet dock, both controlled by Android 4.4 KitKat. Asus will sell the PadFone S (including the Station) for around $500 in Taiwan.Discuss the Asus Padfone S at our forums!
Android KitKat available for the Padfone 2!
Asus has promised to release the new Android 4.4 codename Kitkat in Q2 of 2014, and they kept this promise, they released the update just in time.
The new version number for this new build is 188.8.131.52 and has been released for Japanese (JP), Russian (RU), Chinese (CN), Starhub Edition (STARHUB), Hong Kong (HK), Taiwan (CHT and TW) and also the World Wide (WW) versions of the Asus Padfone 2.
Asus has been famous for their clean Android interfaced, however, the new firmware update also brings the new ZenUI to the device.
Sadly, the Padfone Inifnity and Asus's flagship Tne new Padfone Infinity still don't have the upgrade.Discuss this update on our forums.
After their first transformer tablets/netbooks, Padfones, full-blown-ultrabook-hybrids, Asus is still able to surprising us with new innovations.
The Asus Transformer Book V (Five) is a 12.5-inch tablet/ultrabook, the tablet part has its own Windows 8.1 OS running on an Intel Core architecture. Then you have the 5-inch, ZenFone 5-like Android 4.4 phone, which is the first to run on Intel's 64-bit quad-core Atom (Moorefield) chip with LTE radio. When docked, the phone's Android interface is displayed within Windows 8, and you can also switch to the full Android tablet interface. In other words, you get five modes in total:
1. A Windows tablet
2. A Windows laptop
3. An Android phone
4. An Android tablet
5. An Android laptop
So what do you guys think? Do you think it's going to be a success? Discuss it in the comments below.
Confirmed: Android KitKat for several Padfone versions?
Asus has released a statement about the release of Android 4.4 (KitKat) to some of their Padfone's.
According to this article on the official Asus website
the Padfone 2, Padfone Infinity and new Padfone Infinity will receive the new update this year.
The Padfone 2 (A68), Padfone Infinity (A80) will receive their update by the end of Q2 of 2014. The new Padfone Infinity (A86) users have to wait until Q3 of this year. First generation Padfone users (A66) are sadly still stock at Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
It's not clear if the information shared is completely correct. Asus is known for providing incomplete information, so we still have to wait for more information before this can be confirmed for 100%.Update:
We've asked Asus to confirm the story, and they did.
A68 (Padfone 2), A80 (Padfone Infinity) and A86 (New \Padfone \Infinity) will get KitKat 4.4 with ZenUI (which was introduced on their ZenPhones). The update schedule is a rough guideline since many factors play a role in the final release of an update, but that's understandable of course. As for the question "Which SKU
per device will receive the update?" they tell us that this information has not been released yet.
In Search of Incredible: ASUS at CES 2014
At CES Vegas today, ASUS chariman Jonney Shih takes the stage announcing a brand new 4 in 1 windows/android tablet joint notebook, Zenfone series (yes, ZENFONE!) and the much anticipated
as well as Padfone X
.Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300.
13.3" FULL HD IPS touch screen, 4GB DDRL 1600 RAM, up to 128GB SSD (tab) and up to 1TB (dock), 802.11ac, BT 4.0, USB 3.0 + 2.0 on dock, Sonic Master, Windows 8.1/Android 4.2.2.
With 4th i7 generation Intel CPU, Shih claims it to be the fastest tablet on the market for both OS. Intel chief Renee James also joins Shih on stage to announce TD300 as a genuine dual-OS device, allowing switch between OS in 4 seconds with ASUS instant switch technology. Price for TD300 starts at $599Zenfone Series
Zenfone 4 - 5MP camera, 0.3MP front camera, 5 colors - Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Sky Blue/Solar Yellow, 1.2GHz Atom Z2520 QT-HTT/1GB RAM, HSPA+, microSD up to 64GB, starting at $99
Zenfone 5 - 8MP PixelMaster camera + image stabiliser, Atom Z2580 2GHz/1GB RAM, 4 colours - Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Champagne Gold, HSPA+, microSD up to 64GB, starting at $149
Zenfone 6 - 6" PenTouch, 13MP f2.0 camera, 2MP front Camera, Atom Z2580 2GHz/1GB RAM, 4 colours - Charcoal Black/Pearl White/Cherry Red/Champagne Gold, SonicMaster audio, HSPA+, microSD up to 64GB, starting at $199 Padfone Mini
4" 800 x 480 to 7" 1280 x 800 screen, 8MP camera, 2MP front camera, 1.6GHz Atom Z2560/1GB RAM, starting at $249 Padfone X
5" to 9" full HD screen, running on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 4G LTE and NFC
, Dual front speakers Padfone X
will be on AT&T but no exact date was mentioned.
Shih also elaborated the new ASUS ZenUI to be a much smarter and customisable UI overall with SIRI/S-Voice like personal concierge. The appearance of the UI is frameless and has customisable color themes.
Embeded in the UI is the brand new Camera software with rewind feature, PanoSphere (similar to Google's Photosphere), PixelMaster and image stabiliser. Depending on the series, not all features are identical on every phones/tablets.
Perhaps one intuitive move that ASUS took brilliantly this time is GloveTouch, allowing interation with the phone on gloves. PenTouch on Zenfone 6 also allows any material to act as stylus to interact with the screen.
Other announcement includes the new WQXG ROG monitor.
Asus reveals Padfone Mini in Taiwan!
A surprising change in the Padfone series. Asus has released their new Padfone, but this time it's not an upgrade of their flagship, but a trendy alternative.
The Padfone Mini
will be a 4.3" phone running an a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 Quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM. The "small" display has a resolution of 960x540. It will be available with 16GB of internal storage, but luckily it does also feature a MicroSD card slot.
The surprisingly smaller then usual 7" Padfone Mini Station
has a display resolution of 1280x800, a 2200mAh battery and features the same docking mechanism as 3 of it's previous bigger brothers.
We currently don't have any information about the camera quality, we'll update this post as soon as we know more. But we can tell you that you probably don't have to expect a 13MP rear camera. What we can tell already is that the Padfone Mini Station
does not feature a front facing camera.
Of course we've also opened the Padfone Mini
General forum, so feel free to discuss about the 5th Padfone in line!Update:
The Padfone Mini
does feature a 8 MegaPixel with an Aperture of f2.0. The front facing camera on the phone is a 2 MegaPixel camera. The Padfone Mini Station
does not have a front facing camera like we mentioned before.
More information about this new family member can be found on Padfone Club!