Asus PadFone Infinity review: first look



Asus PadFone Infinity review: first look

Usually, companies try to sell you more devices – a phone and a tablet. But Asus has taken a different path: it offers a single device that combines two gadgets. This is the Asus PadFone Infinity.

It is the successor to the PadFone 2 model and addresses the biggest problem of its predecessor – now the screen resolution of the dock is 1920×1200 pixels. Also, the company increased its computing power and battery capacity – the Snapdragon 600 chipset inside the device and the battery inside the tablet triple the capabilities of the smartphone (in PadFone 2, the docking station doubled those capabilities only).

Also, keep in mind that PadFone Infinity will have a body made of a double piece anodized aluminum.

Has Asus PadFone Infinity smartphone

Asus PadFone Infinity comes with an improved screen and an updated processor. Display resolution became Full HD instead of HD, pixel density is also impressive – 441 ppi. The tablet also received a WUXGA resolution (1920 × 1200 pixels).

The phone itself has a one-piece design and is made of aerospace aluminum alloy with a matte finish. The aluminum edges were double anodized. It feels to the touch that the material is of the highest quality and seems quite durable. The gadget looks premium, and the feeling of cold metal in the hand is pleasant.

Asus PadFone Infinity: side view

The Full HD screen is excellent. Also, there were no complaints about PadFone 2, but there is a big step forward in terms of quality. The viewing angles are large and the brightness level is similar to HTC Butterfly or DROID DNA.

In terms of saturation, the display is also good.

Asus PadFone Infinity: Back

On the back, the gadget has a matte structure that offers good grip and a high-quality feel.

The tablet for the doc has also been improved. The most serious improvement concerns the display – now its resolution is 1920×1200 pixels instead of 1280×800 pixels.

Asus PadFone Infinity tablet

The viewing angles here are also excellent, which is good for the "tablet".

Asus PadFone Infinity also has a Snapdragon 600 4-core Krait 300 chipset with a clock frequency of 1.7 GHz. We did a few tests to compare the new product with the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro, because they have the same chipset. The results were not identical, because, apparently, the companies paid attention to different aspects.

In any case, PadFone Infinity runs Benchmark Pi and LinPack, which are designed to evaluate single and multi-core processors, respectively. But in AnTuTu and Quadrant the gadget lags behind. These two benchmarks test the overall performance of the phone.

Benchmark Pi test for Asus PadFone Infinity

LinPack test for Asus PadFone Infinity

AnTuTu for Asus PadFone Infinity

Asus PadFone Infinity dial

I also tested the device using the SunSpider test. Here the phone showed good results at 875 ms, pushing iPhone and WP devices.

Sunspider for Asus PadFone Infinity

The test data are also visually confirmed: during operation, the smartphone is considered to have incredible speed.

Asus has added a few add-ons for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. One of them allows you to switch between different modes of the "table". A circular menu also appeared.

Asus PadFone Infinity circular menu

Physically, the phone is not much larger than the PadFone 2, but more screen space is visible. Here, the display has the best overall image quality and viewing angles. Asus Splendid allows you to customize your screen settings as you like. You can also adjust the color temperature and image contrast.

Asus PadFone Infinity Docking Station

When you insert the phone into the dock, the rear panel stays open and you can use the 13-megapixel main camera. The tablet also has its own 1 megapixel front camera, as it shuts down on a smartphone.

Asus PadFone Infinity camera

The Asus PadFone Infinity camera has some interesting features, but here we will talk about the quality of the received images.

As I already wrote. The gadget is equipped with 13 megapixel rear F / 2.0 cameras and 2 megapixel F / 2.0 cameras. It can record Full HD videos at a frame rate of 30 per second and can take up to 100 photos in burst mode.

Here are some examples of photos taken on PadFone Infinity:

Photo taken on Asus PadFone Infinity

Photo 2 taken on Asus PadFone Infinity

Photo 3 taken on Asus PadFone Infinity

The photos look pretty balanced, the contrast and colors are very good. In general, we notice that the camera on the new device is much better than the one installed on PadFone 2.

This concludes our first acquaintance with the Asus PadFone Infinity hybrid smartphone and we will write a more detailed review in the near future.

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