Asus fills out the PadFone range, launches the PadFone Infinity Lite

PadFone Infinity Lite

Asus’ PadFone was once a single, quirky product available in only a select few places, but it has grown to become a globally sold, multi-level collection of devices, all with different screen sizes and specs. The latest addition to the family is the PadFone Infinity Lite, a mid-range model fitting somewhere in-between the PadFone Mini and the PadFone Infinity 2, which shows Asus has no intention of slowing down.

The PadFone stands out because it’s a true two-in-one device, consisting of a regular smartphone and a dumb tablet dock. Slot the two together, and the phone becomes the tablet’s brain. The big advantage here is not having to pay for two data connections, as the tablet shares the phone’s connectivity. 

In the case of the PadFone Infinity Lite, the phone has a 5-inch IPS touchscreen with a 1080p resolution, and is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Inside the PadFone Mini is a Snapdragon 400 chip, while the top-of-the-range PadFone Infinity 2 has a Snapdragon 800. Asus is making it pretty clear where the Infinity Lite slots into its range. Other features include a 13-megapixel rear camera and 32GB of internal memory.

Pop the phone into the tablet dock and activity switches to a 10.1-inch screen boasting the same resolution. A whopping 5000mAh battery ensures you don’t eat through the phone’s battery while the pair are docked, keeping it fully topped up until they’re separated. Sadly, Asus lists the operating system as Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is several generations old now.

A combined price of around $700 is being suggested for the PadFone Infinity Mini, but it’s not clear whether Asus will launch it outside of Taiwan. History suggests it won’t, but we may hear differently during Mobile World Congress next week, when we’d expect to get our first proper look at the new PadFone.


The number pad on HP’s Chromebook 15 makes spreadsheet work a breeze

HP's Chromebook 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display, a metal keyboard deck with full-size keys, and a dedicated number pad, making it the second Chromebook model, following Acer's Chromebook 715, to be suited for spreadsheet work.

Breaking news: Samsung responds to reported Galaxy Fold display issues

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has arrived, and it goes on sale soon. Folding out from a 4.6-inch display to a tablet-sized 7.3-inch display, this unique device has six cameras, two batteries, and special software to help you use multiple apps.

Microsoft reveals details of Surface Hub 2S, coming in June at $9,000

The Surface Hub 2 could be the most expensive whiteboard ever made, but it should be a powerful and capable one. With the ability to connect several of the 50-inch displays together, the picture at least, should be gorgeous.

Keep your new iPad (2018) sparkling with the best screen protectors

Your iPad sports a stunning 9.7-inch screen and you'll want it to stay that way. The best iPad (2018) screen protectors guard against cracks, scratches, and even smudging from your fingers. Check out our top picks here.

The Department of Justice may prevent the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting closer to merging. After a few failed attempts, the two companies announced their merger at the start of 2018. The new T-Mobile could be better positioned to take on the likes of Verizon and AT&T.

Spruce up your Lenovo smartphone with the best Moto Mods for the Moto Z-series

Moto Mods, the snap-on accessories compatible with Lenovo's Moto Z-series smartphones add a lot of value without adding a lot of bulk. Looking to try one out? Here are a few of our favorite Moto Mods.

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL will be coming to the U.S. with T-Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

The Pixel 3 range will soon be coming to T-Mobile's network

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

Intel gives up on 5G modems for smartphones, will focus on other devices

After a delay that saw Intel's manufacture of 5G modems pushed back to 2020, Intel has given up on the 5G modem business, and will focus its efforts elsewhere. But is something else to blame?

The black satin Razer Phone 2 is now available for $500

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.

The best LG G7 ThinQ cases will keep your phone looking new

The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a powerful processor, versatile cameras, and amazing sound. But a powerful phone still needs protection and you might want to change the style. Here are the best LG G7 ThinQ cases.

Multiple phone leaks show May 21 is going to be a big day for Honor

Honor will launch at least one new smartphone on May 21, at an event taking place in London. Leaks have indicated the Honor 20 will take center stage, with a Lite version, and perhaps even another model also showing up on the day.

The Avalon V is Alcatel’s first Verizon-exclusive smartphone

Alcatel is has announced a new phone, the Avalon V -- but this budget device isn't what makes the announcement special. It's Alcatel's first phone on the Verizon network, and it's available now.

Big, beautiful, and breakable: Check out the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases

There’s no denying Samsung’s ability to turn out an attractive smartphone, but glass curves are expensive to fix and metal chips easily. We've rounded up the best Galaxy S8 Plus cases on the market.