ASUS has announced the availability of PadFone mini in Singapore, a beautiful 4-inch smartphone that transforms effortlessly into an elegant 7-inch tablet.
The PadFone mini fits comfortably in the palm for an instantly expanded view on a glorious 1280 x 800-pixel display — even better than HD.
Retailing at S$399, the 2-in-1 device will be available in both black and white colours at all M1 and StarHub stores, ASUS brand stores at Funan IT Mall, Sim Lim Square and VivoCity, as well as the ASUS Official Online Store from 26 July onwards.
This latest addition to the ASUS PadFone family is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor, has 8GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot that enables storage to be upgraded by up to 64GB.
With exclusive ASUS Dynamic Display technology to automatically resize apps for the different display sizes, a brilliant 8-megapixel (8MP) main camera and 2MP front-facing snapper for selfie shots, the PadFone mini is an outstanding smartphone and also a lightweight handheld tablet for those who appreciate the convenience of carrying only one single device that meets their need of both mobile entertainment and voice capabilities.
Furthermore, with dual SIM support, the PadFone mini allows users to have the freedom to maintain two distinct phone numbers, or separate data and phone lines, without requiring two handsets.
Combination of Design and Great Power with Long Battery Life
The PadFone mini is the first 2-in-1 device to bring together the convenience of a 4-inch smartphone with the power and versatility of a 7-inch handheld tablet — and that means a tablet that can be held and used comfortably with just one hand.
The PadFone mini saves the hassle of having to carry two permanently-separated devices and, with a combined weight of just 376g, the PadFone mini is much lighter than many other smartphone-and-tablet combinations.
Measuring at 6.3mm at its thinnest edge and weighing at 116g, the PadFone mini is incredibly slim and light. With diamond-cut edges and a spun-metal finish, the PadFone mini also looks beautiful. A soft-touch ceramic coating ensures comfort and great durability.
Both the 4-inch (800 x 480-pixel) and 7-inch (1280 x 800-pixel) displays use IPS+ (in-plane switching) technology for fantastically clear and sharp images that also offer great viewing angles.
To ensure a seamless experience when switching between smartphone and tablet modes, the PadFone mini’s exclusive Dynamic Display technology ensures that apps are correctly and instantly resized for the appropriate screen size.
In addition, the PadFone mini also comes with the exclusive ASUS ZenUI interface, a newly designed user interface that comes with simplified icons and five gorgeous device-matching coloured themes, and an intelligent What’s Next feature that helps users keep track of their lives.
Powered by Intel Atom Z2560 processor, the PadFone mini is packed with the power to run a responsive performance for the apps on both the smartphone and tablet without experiencing any lags.
The PadFone mini also comes with a total battery capacity of 3,270mAh that is sufficient for a day long usage. The tablet even charges the PadFone mini smartphone when docked, thus serving as an external portable battery for the smartphone on-the-go.
Powerful 8MP PixelMaster Camera for Great Low-Light Shots
The PadFone mini’s main camera couples an 8MP Sony BSI (backside-illumination) sensor and wide-aperture f/2.0 five-element lens with exclusive ASUS PixelMaster technology to capture digital photographs that more than match those snapped by many dedicated digital cameras.
One of the most useful feature is the PixelMaster’s Low-Light Mode, which measures the available light and intelligently adjusts the pixel size to increase light sensitivity by up to 400%, thus resulting in great low-lights shots even without the built-in flash.
PixelMaster also includes many other easy-to-use options that further enhance the PadFone mini’s digital photography skills, including HDR (High Dynamic Range), PanoSphere, Smart Remove and All Smiles — the latter ensuring that all subjects look their best by intelligently choosing the best shots from a series of captured facial expressions. PixelMaster also has a Turbo Shot mode that allows users capture multiple still shots in just one second.
The PadFone mini also captures smooth high-definition (1080p) video footage — and users even have the ability to capture still photographs while shooting video.
Availability and Pricing
The PadFone mini will be available in black and white colours from 26 July, and will be retailing at S$399 at ASUS brand stores at Funan IT Mall, Sim Lim Square and VivoCity, as well as the ASUS Official Online Store at http://store.asus.com/sg/.
Both M1 and StarHub will also be offering the PadFone mini at a range of mobile price plans.
|Processor||Intel Atom Z2560 (1.6GHz)|
|Operating System||Android 4.3 with ASUS ZenUI (Upgradeable to Android 4.4 KitKat)|
|Storage / Memory||eMMC 8GB / Micro SD Card Support / LPDDR2 1GB RAM|
|Modem / Bands||GSM / GPRS / EDGE; WCDMA / HSPA+ / DC-HSPA+|
|DC-HSPA+ (DL / UL): 42 / 5.76 Mbps|
|GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; UMTS 850/900/1900/2100;|
|Wi-Fi / Bluetooth||Integrated 802.11 b/g/n; WiFi-Direct|
|Bluetooth V 4.0 (EDR + A2DP)|
|Display||Phone: 4-inch TFT LED Backlight / 800 x 480 WVGA IPS+ 300 nits|
Station: 7-inch TFT LED Backlight / 1280 x 800 WXGA IPS+ 300 nits
|Main Camera||8MP f/2.0 5P and Auto-Focus|
|Front Camera||2MP f/2.0|
|Battery||Phone: 4.5Wh, 1170mAh, non-removable polymer battery|
Station: 8.3Wh, 2100mAh, non-removable polymer battery
|Ports||Headphone jack / Micro USB / 24-pin connector / Dual micro SIM|
|Colours||Black / White|
|Dimensions||Phone: 124.42 (L) x 61.44 (W) x 6.3-11.2 (H) mm|
Station: 199.85 (L) x 119.43 (W) x 13.91 (H) mm