The Asus New Padfone
- Overall quality rendering of two screens.
- General Design identical to Infinity, but still cared / Excellent style.
- Higher overall response to the previous model / Fluidity smartphone transition to the tablet.
- The tablet recharge the smartphone.
- Return of the microSD slot / Camera satisfactory
- Autonomy of the smartphone.
- Maximum brightness feeble tablet, perfectible on mobile.
- Hang network / Wi-Fi often not optimal.
- No evolution in communicating between tablet and smartphone apps.
Asus persists in its PadFone concept which, remember, is the combination of a powerful Android smartphone and a 10.1-inch touch screen in which the mobile is slid for a tablet. This time, the Taiwanese brand inaugurates the New PadFone which proves to be a simple and low hardware developments against the PadFone “Infinity“.
Thus, there is a 5-inch smartphone with touchscreen IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) and a sealed brushed aluminum shell. The difference with the PadFone Infinity lies in the integration of a mobile chip Quad heart Snapdragon 800 to 2.2 GHz, against a Snapdragon chip 600 to 1.7 GHz previously, and in the portion of the storage capacity 32 to “only” 16 GB …
But with the return of memory expansion via microSD! RAM itself remains 2GB. Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 complete the list of characteristics, while the picture does not change part of a megapixel, with a main camera of 13 megapixel back (Full HD 1080p video capture), and 2 MP front.
A battery with a capacity of 2400 mAh supplies the energy and while it’s still Android 4.2.2 which turns the barracks.
The PadFone tablet side “Station”, it does not change with an IPS panel with 1920 x 1200 px and an extra battery of 5000 mAh.
The new PadFone is marketed alone without the tablet and with the indicative price of $ 579 and $ 779 suggested retail price with the PadFone Station tablet.
Useful precision: the PadFone is one of the few smartphones like the iPhone 5s for example, make use of a nano-SIM.
Asus Padfone Ergonomics and Design
If it does a slightly darker color, The New PadFone uses exactly the same lines as the PadFone Infinity.
Same thing for the tablet Station, which keeps the same pace. The conclusion is the same: the smartphone offers beautiful finishes, quality grip for a product by 5 inches, while the tablet still displays an interesting display. The set offers a weight of less than 580 g.
Asus New Padfone Screen
Double IPS ration for The New PadFone, with technology implanted on the smartphone and Resort. For this version, Asus slightly corrects its copy and offers best contrast ratio on the mobile, with more than 1700: 1 to the counter, while the tablet remains around 1000: 1, as the previous model. The downside is still in the maximum brightness for the tablet, which still does not exceed 300 cd / m², while the smartphone is a nice 370 cd / m² maximum. If this is not sufficient to achieve a correct visibility outdoors, it still allows New PadFone to be more naturally usable.
Color rendering loses fidelity on the smartphone (average Delta E of 6.3, against 4.4 for the PadFone Infinity) and remains virtually the same, or very correct, on the tablet, with an average of 4.5. The mobile suffered a small drop in fidelity in skin tones; the tablet retains a nice balance (perfect for movies). Recall that the delta E quantifies the difference between a perfect color and the same color displayed on a screen and the result should ideally be less than 3.
The color temperature is still as close to perfect for the resort with almost 6400 K. The New PadFone moves away a bit, with 7350 K, but consistency across the spectrum avoiding it all color drift.
Ghosting is less marked for the smartphone side, with a PadFone that displays a latency of 19 ms, against an average 24 ms on the Station. The touch late, however, greatly evolved the PadFone and password of 195 ms to 73 ms, making this one of Android smartphones in the most reactive slab in the market. The Station itself remains deceptive with more than 180 ms, which are explained in part by a probably made longer communication time due to the product concept.
Absolutely no change noted in terms of software offering between The PadFone Infinity and The New PadFone .Thus we still find Android 4.2.2 but slightly dressed with a graphic overlay Asus and home applications, such as the excellent SuperNotes, which allows taking protean notes (written, audio, photo, video …).
You can always start a job on the PadFone and continue on the Station. Mini apps and displaying a second use superimposed on a corner of the tablet are still in the game.
The New Padfone Camera
Here too, Asus does not seek to innovate and remain on the same basis as for the PadFone Infinity. We thus end up with a quality decision appreciably view, good versatility, but in low light perfectible made for the main sensor, and still as soft flash, which does not burn topics. Many shooting modes are on board with a slightly revised in software ergonomics, easier access again.
We still see a slight gain in responsiveness of all, no doubt thanks to the Snapdragon 800 chip . In tablet mode, the camera still tops out at 5MP and offers once again rendered fairly clear and workable without being transcendent . But the particular circumstances of the New PadFone concept allows especially to take a picture full pot on the smartphone and then enjoy it big on the tablet, very quickly. The front camera of the tablet as for mobile, is effective and provides a use “Video Call” (Hangouts, Skype) in good order.
The New Padfone Autonomy
On the road, with the tablet (charged) in range, it is possible to recharge The Battery while continuing surfing.
New PadFone: The Phone Side
Calls are clear on one side or the other and the keyboard is complete with numbers and letters on the same panel, as well as in tablet mode phone mode. It is possible to make calls and send / receive SMS via the Padfone Station. The calls are possible via the tablet with a Bluetooth headset.
The grip Wi-Fi / 3G, already a problem with the Infinity model, remains a damper on the New Padfone. For the mobile network, it appears that in some open areas and conducive to a strong network, the grip is not always optimal, but nothing insurmountable to the menu. This could in any case partly explain the rapid wear of a battery.
However,For Wi-Fi , if there is a little better in the overall grip, the rapid loss of the latter without departing too far from the source is always present. The Padfone Infinity remains well below its direct competitors in the high-end grip.
Faster than his younger Infinity , The New PadFone also shows more interesting with the inclusion of a microSD slot. Finishes, fluidity, originality of concept, quality display … all the usual strengths of PadFone are still there, sometimes for the better. Unfortunately, some weaknesses “strong” are still on the menu, including a range of (too) major weakness into a top product reference range