Asus updates the Padfone Infinity with faster processor and Android 4.2.2

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Having teased us about it last week, Asus has unveiled a new Padfone Infinity, only a few months after it revealed the first version. The changes are minimal, so if you have purchased one already, you’re not missing out on too much. Asus has retained the same design on the new Padfone Infinity phone, however it has added a cool diamond cut look to the aluminum rear panel. The phone will also come in two colors, Milky White and Gray Meteorite.

So, on to the technical alterations. The processor has been swapped out for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 running at 2.2GHz, and the 2GB of RAM is now faster than before. Asus has dropped the internal memory to either 16GB or 32GB, from 32GB/64GB, however to compensate for this, a microSD card slot has been added.

The camera remains at 13-megapixels, but Asus has packaged it with an app named PixelMaster, which works in a similar way to HTC’s UltraPixel technology, by combining pixels to create a very sharp 3-megapixel picture. How it works in the real world remains to be seen. Asus has also updated the Android operating system to version 4.2.2, a change from which owners of the original Padfone Infinity will also benefit.

Otherwise, things are as they were, so the phone has a 5-inch, 1080p Super IPS display, a 2-megapixel video call camera, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE connectivity. The battery in the phone is a 2400mAh cell, while there is a 5000mAh battery hidden inside the tablet dock. Incidentally, if you already own a Padfone Infinity and only want to update the phone, you can do so and it’ll still work with your existing dock.

Pricing, according to Engadget, is around $640 for the phone, and $240 for the tablet dock, based on the Taiwanese costs. Whether it’ll come out that way elsewhere isn’t clear, but at the moment, it’s far less than the current $1325 cost. We’ll update here when Asus provides a release date for the updated Padfone Infinity.

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