ASUS announced the availability of PadFone S, an innovative premium 5-inch Full HD smartphone featuring leading technology such as 4G LTE-Advanced connectivity, Near Field Communication (NFC) support and a 13-megapixel PixelMaster camera.
ASUS PadFone S features a unique 5-inch Full HD Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone, which has a thin and light design with a stunning In-Plane Switching (IPS) 1920 x 1200 display covered with durable, scratch- resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 plus an anti-fingerprint coating, capable to stand up to the rigors of daily use. The PadFone S meets stringent international operator requirements with its ability to pass numerous drop and water resistance tests. This tough design helps protect PadFone S against falls and dings, accidental spills, and getting caught in the occasional rain shower.
PadFone S can be docked into the PadFone S Station – sold separately – to transform into a 9-inch tablet, giving users flexibility to choose the optimal screen size for any scenario, such as making phone or video calls, composing email, watching videos or playing games. In dock mode, running apps on the phone are seamlessly resized to fit the tablet’s larger display. Dual front speakers provide rich and immersive sound, and complement the large display to deliver incredible entertainment experiences.
Leading technology and innovation
PadFone S features support for LTE-Advanced technology, including Carrier Aggregation, to deliver blazingly fast mobile data speeds for an optimal internet experience and stutter-free streaming music and video. The phone shares its data connection with the tablet, so users can enjoy fast internet access in any usage scenario without the need for a separate data plan.
PadFone S is powered by a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 801 quad-core 2.3GHz processor to provide incredible performance, even the latest most demanding apps and games run smoothly. When docked in the optional tablet, its large battery charges the phone, providing up to two-times (2X) longer battery life. PadFone S features a 13-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture PixelMaster camera for capturing stunning photographs that rival or surpass those taken by dedicated digital cameras. It has an external image signal processor (ISP) to provide enhanced noise reduction for smoother, better-looking photos. The camera’s Low-light Mode significantly increases camera performance during nighttime and in poorly-lit scenes. By merging adjacent pixels, the camera increases light-sensitivity by up to 400% and contrast up to 200%, resulting in clear and bright low-light shots without the need for a flash.
ASUS ZenUI with Android 4.4 KitKat
PadFone S comes with ZenUI, the all-new, mobile user interface exclusive to ASUS mobile devices that was developed around the concepts of freedom, expression and connection. Featuring a new visual design made to be efficient and inviting, it contains modern ‘flat’ icons, vivid color themes, animations, new ringtones and notification sounds, and a clean layout to present information clearly.
ASUS ZenUI also includes two features, “What’s Next” and “Do It Later”, designed to free users from actively having to manage the multitude of information they are confronted with daily, and enable better productivity. “What’s Next” puts the information currently most important and useful to the user — such as upcoming appointments, new messages and missed calls from VIP contacts, weather at the next destination, and more — front and center on the lock screen, the home screen and in the notification drawer.
“Do It Later” frees the user to focus on the task at hand, without forgetting about other important things that they need to do later. If a user is in the middle of writing an email and receives a phone call, a simple button tap automatically creates a reminder to call that person back. Users can also save interesting items, like articles, YouTube videos, or any web page, to read later. Each reminder and saved item is collected in the separate Do It Later app and includes a shortcut to perform the related action, such as call a contact or view a web page.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
Available at local IT stores and ASUS authorized resellers now.
PadFone S (Smartphone) RRP: RM 899
PadFone S Station (Tablet) RRP: RM 499
*Remarks: The PadFone S and PadFone S Station are sold separately, not bundled together.
For the full specification of the ASUS PadFone S and ASUS PadFone S Station, please refer to their official specification on their website.