There is ultimately going to be leaks when it comes to gadgets and the upcoming Padfone mini is no exception. Benchmarks have been spotted which provide some new details which are more than just random internet rumors.
First, the model is the T00C. But since this is “mini”, let’s talk size. The benchmark results indicate a display of 4 inches (resolution of 960 x 540 pixels) and Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8226 SoC (Cortex A7) 1.4GHz processor with Adreno 305 graphics. The only real question at this point is the Padfone station tablet, which is almost certainly going to be 8-inches or 7-inches in size.
Asus is rolling out the new Padfone Infinity which has a few updates on the original Padfone Infinity.
The key upgrade is in the processor. The new model has the faster Snapdragon 800 which has a speed of 2.2GHz compared to the older model which uses the Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz. The new Padfone Infinity also adds a microSD card slot for added storage and the new model has a smaller 16GB storage vs. the previous 32GB storage capacity. Asus has also added a secondary microphone for noise cancellation.
A few other differences include the new model getting 2GB LPDDR3, as opposed to the 2GB LPDDR2 in the first generation Padfone Infinity. The new model features Android 4.2.2 out of the box, but the original model will also get the Android update in the near future.
Aside from that, there aren’t major hardware/specs differences. The design is slightly different, but for most won’t be overly noticeable.
A recent article by the Taiwanese website Digitimes.com lays out the tablet released for Asus over the coming months. We’ve seen the slide from an Asus investors conference which clearly shows Padfone Mini. No release date was mentioned.
“and the PadFone mini in the near future…” – Digitimes.com
Now we have an article in Digitimes which suggests the Padfone Mini is part of the aggressive tablet launch plans of Asus. Could this mean a 2013 release date? Possibly, although Asus tends to prefer press conferences for such exciting product launches. From what I see, there isn’t a big show coming until at least early 2014.
We have ears to the ground on this Padfone Mini so stay tuned to details!
Big news! Well we hope it’s big news. Asus is holding a launch event “Padfone – the future” on September 17th. It’s doubtful that the upgrade to the Snapdragon 800 is reason enough for a big launch event like this. Instead, it’s entirely possible and most likely that the Padfone Mini will be launched. It’s not totally clear what might happen beyond that. Could there be a keyboard dock also? Perhaps. Stay tuned as we look for rumors and leaks!