Details of Snapdragon 820 processor which is likely powering Padfone X2 and S2

A bit of time has passes since the rumors began floating about the next Padfone (X2 and S2). At that time, the Snapdragon 820 was said to be the processor. We have a few new tidbits about the processor and the benefits it will bring to the new Padfone. These are not confirmed specs, but these are very realistic possibilities at this point.

  • Snapdragon X12 LTE modem for up to 33% faster 4G+ LTE download speeds and up to 200% faster LTE upload speeds compared to the previous generation.
  • Qualcomm TruSignal multi-antenna boost technology to intelligently compensate for signal impediments, improving call reliability, data speeds and call coverage while reducing radio power consumption.
  • Snapdragon 820 processor is available now and is expected to be shipping in devices in the first half of 2016.

No new Padfone at CES 2016 but news coming soon

CES 2016 might have been a logic place for Asus to show off their new version of Padfone, but this wasn’t the case. Perhaps it’s just not ready, or perhaps the announcement would get lost in all the noise surrounding CES 2016. Afterall, there are so many products being covered by the media, the Padfone may lose some of that buzz.

So it’s looking like a month or two from any real news. Hopefully there will be some leaks and other specs coming out. The new Snapdragon processor was rumored to be in the new Padfone and that processor was going to be a 2016 release.

Naming wise, the X2 seems logical for the North American market with the AT&T exclusive Padfone X. The rest of the globe may see the S2 naming, as the last model was known as the Padfone S.

Stay tuned, there should be some interesting leaks upcoming!

Asus CEO says Padfone likely to become part of Zenfone Deluxe line

So this is an interesting news tidbit. Padfone Deluxe? Is this possibly the direction that Asus CEO Jerry Shen is hinting at? Or is he hinting at the fact that the Zenfone Deluxe smartphones will be compatible with the docking mechanism on the next Padfone S2 or Padfone X2?

Here is the original comment:

Additionally, Asustek’s PadFone series is likely to be incorporated into the ZenFone Deluxe line, Shen added.

It’s just not clear if there is going to be a rebranding taking place. If Asus can have a stand alone smartphone that will dock into a Padfone, then it would be a great move. Consumers with that model of Zenfone can certainly look at the Padfone tablet portion as an accessory. It can be a real value added to the Zenfone Deluxe line, that’s for sure.

We’re watching closely to see what details we can find out, so please check back with us during the lead up to IFA 2015.

[source: digitimes]

Padfone S2 Specs – Fact or Fiction?

Part of us is sad at the thought of waiting until 2016 for a new Padfone. If this first true rumor/leak is legitimate, then the Padfone S2 will be seeing a 2016 release date, perhaps even as late as March 2016. This timeline is based on the apparent processor that is part of this rumor, and the given release date of devices with this processor.

So here is a quick rundown of the leaked/rumors specs:

  • Qualcomm S820
  • 4GB memory
  • 32 / 64GB storage capacity
  • 5.5-inch phone with 2K screen
  • tablet portion is a 10-inch size (this has been rumored months ago, which gives this new rumor some credibility)
  • 3060mAh (phone) battery / 5100mAh (tablet) battery
  • 20MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • release date of early March 2016


New model is Asus Padfone S2 – Rumors and Leaks Begin!

We’ve been watching the goings on with the next Padfone, but ultimately there hasn’t been much news to report. We’ve already discussed the fact that Asus will be keeping this a premium product and will launch only one Padfone per year.

So we are just hearing of the Padfone S2 today. This could be considered the ramp up, although these are rumors at this point. What we can say, is that it appears that S2 is the follow-up from the Padfone S. Forget about the model naming schemes of the past, it does appear that Asus has something for the brand now. We also expect this to mean there will be a X2 for the US market.

Stay tuned, we will be ramping up all the news, leaks, and rumors of the upcoming Padfone S2! From what has been mentioned out there, a release date is not imminent and could be six months away.

A new Padfone at Computex 2015 seems unlikely

We’ve been watching very closely on the lead-up to Computex 2015. At this show, Asus has typically made big announcements. This is the one show where they “show all”.

With regards to a new Padfone in 2015, we just aren’t sure. We do know that Asus CEO Jerry Shen told shareholders that there would be one release per year. What we’re not seeing though is any indication that the new Padfone will be showing up at Computex this year.

We know that the ZenPad tablets are the big star of the show and it’s quite possible that the Padfone would be overshadowed at this years Computex. However, there are a few days left and we’re hoping for some type on details or leaked information.

If not, it’s possible that a release could come around the summer this year. Stay tuned!

One PadFone release per year say Asus CEO Jerry Shen

Asus is dialing back their products this year. Jerry Shen, Asus CEO, told investors that there would be one PadFone release each year.

The question remains whether the PadFone mini will see another release and if there will be a PadFone X2 and Padfone S2 released in the same year. Same model, different name for international markets? It’s too early to say. If Asus continues with AT&T, then it’s likely for the US market, there will be a PadFone X2 this year.