Asus Padfone 2 – three things it must have

Asus Padfone 2 - three things it must have

When Asus first announced the Padfone, most of us were amazed. The idea to make a single device that’s both a smartphone and tablet is great, or at least I think so. Then at Mobile World Congress, the company went one step forward, unveiling the keyboard dock and the super-cool Bluetooth headset-stylus. The problem, however, is that the Padfone is still not widely available, quite the contrary. And when it finally hits the major markets of Europe, Asia and North America, most people will already have some other device like the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III, both of which are more powerful than Padfone’s “phone part,” boasting bigger and better screens (and arguably faster processors, though that’s not the case with LTE-enabled versions of the two phones). In other words, Asus needs to revamp some things to make the Padfone 2 a successful product.

First of all, it needs to cut the period between announcement and launch. People don’t want to wait for a whole year to be able to get some device after it’s been announced. Then, it should change the specs of the phone – three things instantly come to mind:

  • Asus Padfone needs to have a bigger 720p HD screen (maybe even 1080p if it emerges as a standard for high-end phones)
  • The tablet should provide higher resolution of 1920×1200 pixels
  • It must have a quad-core processor to make things running smoothly

As I said, I love the idea of having one device instead of two (or three?), but as a true geek, I want a high-end phone. And since Padfone won’t be an affordable product, it must meet the high-end specs. Otherwise, not many folks will want it – for one thing, I used to want it and now I’m not that interested.

Now I’m eager to hear what you think about it? Is there something I missed? What specs do you expect to see in the Padfone 2? Comment form is all yours…

  • Bob5000

    The last sentence is exactly where I am now. If this was delivered worldwide 6 months ago, I definitely would own one. Now though I am not too sure whether I will buy one. I may get the Galaxy S III when my contract ends next month and wait for the Padfone 2.
    The one thing that would elevate the Padfone above anything else and make it a must have would be Ubuntu for Android.
    The Padfone is screaming out for this. If done correctly, with the specs suggested by Dusan, you could have 6 devices in one that all delivered. Imagine a phone, a tablet, an Android ultrabook, an Ubuntu ultrabook, an Ubuntu ‘Desktop’ and an Ubuntu TV centre all in a single device.

  • Anonymous

    I think the concept of the Padfone is a great idea, but I agree that they need to reduce the time from announcement to release, and generally increase the spec of the phone.

    It’s currently not due in the UK for at lease a month (still no release date) but there’s already been rumours of the Padfone 2, which make me wonder if I should hold off getting this version or not.

    • http://robfisher.net/blog Rob Fisher

      I think the rumoured Padfone 2 is just the LTE version of the same phone.

  • http://robfisher.net/blog Rob Fisher

    You’re right about the launch, it is completely botched. The screen I don’t mind so much – it is good enough but could be better for sure. The CPU: why quad core? Right now the Snapdragon S4 is on a par with the Tegra 3 in benchmarks because it has two *awesome* cores while the Tegra 3 has 4 ordinary ones. How often are smartphones doing 4 things at once that the user can see? 2 core seems optimal because you have one for the foreground and one for all the background tasks. So I think right now S4 is superior to Tegra 3 on CPU. On GPU I am not sure. But the Padfone is no slouch.

    What you missed is that they probably need to get the size and weight down.

  • Lord Vader

    2.5 Quard Core
    4gb Ram
    4000mAh

  • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

    I agree quad-core, screen res .. but you forgot – 4G !! 4G is mandatory !!

  • Shirondale Kelley

    I expect Ubuntu as an option for the OS when switching to the Tablet and Laptop modes. ChromeOS/Jollicloud or any similar Cloud OS will not be acceptable.

  • Dl 24

    mabye NFC too

    • Dl 24

       and of course a better batterie

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-de-FEij/100002483056290 Steven de FEij

         Only if it is removable, Samsungs 2000 mah battery comes at the cost of being non removable. Cudos to Asus for not doing that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Re-Set/100000807712572 Re Set

    wireless display technology would be great, and a bluetooth for the keyboard dock for typing, when the padfon is docked into the docking monitor.

  • ItWillBeMine

    I would agree with the two resolution items, but would have to disagree with the processor.  Android is a very poor threading OS, so upgrading from dual to quad core doesn’t really get you anything.  Take a look at the benchmarks of the Krait processor and it already outperforms many quads.  And since LTE is a given, I would have to say my third must-have would be an improved camera.  While the camera specs would have you think it is great, the reviews have been less than stellar.

    P.S. – Looks like it will be AT&T as the U.S. Carrier.

    • Martin Melka

      I agree. Unless the second generation runs Jelly Bean (which is improved in terms of multithreading, that is), adding two more cores doesn’t improve the overall performance very much. A higher freq does

  • JRC

    You are right!  My excitement even though I still want the 3 in 1 concept has waned.  Too much time and hype, no action.  Avail all over the world but what is ASUS is waiting for to get it into the US?  The more they dilly dally, the more they will lose sales.  I would have bought the system a year ago. I’m no techie. Just want the convenience and flexibility. Unless they get one of the major carriers to offer it by Christmas 2012, I probably will not buy one anymore.

    • Anonymous

      The problem is with the US carriers, they hate it. For Padfone they sell they lose money from charging you extra for tethering.

    • Anonymous

      The problem is with the US carriers, they hate it. For Padfone they sell they lose money from charging you extra for tethering.

    • Anonymous

      The problem is with the US carriers, they hate it. For Padfone they sell they lose money from charging you extra for tethering.

      • JRC

        CT, I do not understand. If they are going to charge me extra for tethering, how are they losing money? As a matter of fact, I think they will make more $$. I have heard the argument that truly they will lose money because the client does not have to pay for “tethering” the 3 in 1 system. But they can do the former and make up for the beauty of the concept. Only my opinion.

      • JRC

        Sorry for the large font. Thought I adjusted it. Hope this one is smaller.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry, my mistake. I worded it terribly, what I meant was they lose money because you won’t by the extra tethering plan so they lose money because of it. Also, they do not think it will be too popular either.

          • JRC

            I understand, CT. I know I am not alone in wanting this system. I also know that I do not represent the Apple groupie volume. But there are just so many different phones out there that are not really selling well. The market is flooded with Droid phones that I am pretty sure some of those models hardly tick up their sales volume. My point is offer the Padfone and then see if anyone would buy them. I still believe that it boils down to dollars and cents. They are fearful that it will disrupt the sales of the other models they carry – thereby less profit.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I guess I am just Cynical in nature (hence the name). However, I do like the concept, but since it was Debuted a year ago the should at least increase the “PadStation” resolution.

          • JRC

            Talking about cynical, I am really getting cynical about ASUS. Do they or don’t they really want to sell this system in the U.S.? Just make up their minds. The more I discuss this, the more I get disgusted that I cannot get my hands on one *with* a major US carrier!

          • Anonymous

            Indeed, but it just needs to iron out a few things before I get one.

          • JRC

            If you do get one in the near future (fr Negri, I guess), please share with me your experience. Thanks.

          • Anonymous

            I am thinking of getting one of these just to try out. Either way if I get this or the next gen of this device, I will let you know.

          • JRC

            Thanks. And if you hear a smidgen of availability fr any of the major carriers, also pls let me know asap.

          • JRC

            I understand, CT. I know I am not alone in wanting this system. I also know that I do not represent the Apple groupie volume. But there are just so many different phones out there that are not really selling well. The market is flooded with Droid phones that I am pretty sure some of those models hardly tick up their sales volume. My point is offer the Padfone and then see if anyone would buy them. I still believe that it boils down to dollars and cents. They are fearful that it will disrupt the sales of the other models they carry – thereby less profit.

  • cody ramsey

    I would like to see a radio antenna to improve the G.P.S. Another upgrade would be that the pad would be able too run all apps on the phone and not stop when you put the phone in the pad. Also the new Hz0 would be nice on all the devices to make sure we can pull out the phone on a rainy day and not worry about it getting water damage, and a HDMI

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-de-FEij/100002483056290 Steven de FEij

    You do realise the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC X have US version with the exact same Dual Core snapdragon S4 as the padfone. (8960)
    And that it has a cortex a15 like design making it FASTER in a lot applications then a tegra3 or exynos4 quad core soc.

    This is like the mhz craze all over again, more cores is not always better. If Asus puts a Quad Snapdragon with Adreno 320 in the next version of the Padfone that would be nice.
    But please no tegra 3, the chip it’s got now is much faster for most usefull applications.

  • Gbusbee

    I would be fine wih a smaller phone with great specs that plug into a big hidef screen/keyboard.

  • ASUSDREAMER

    i got a Padfone i work fine but space to improve the pen must with like A-Pen not the stylus i can brought in some cheap shop that cost me 200 plus to purchase , yes hope the spec would be great as well , another recommend slicon keyboard that do not need to charge and can use it as we cover therefore those people traveling would be more better. Padfone silde in to the padstation Case have Protection so slide in wouldnt so easy get starch on my screen protector. have different Asus padfone cover which cover the battery more different colour so , trend people can change and look nice, as for the padstation more slim and light weight we do not need very powerful speaker but need less weight and slim, that all hope padfone have all this to let me have one 

  • moti from israel

    i’m also waiting for that padfone and even didnt bought yet iphone or s3 !!!
    one thing for sure iwant it to have…a backlite keyboard like the improoved asus zenbook prime.
    and of course all other thing that you people wrote here
    good luck asus with padfone 2

  • Decko

    USB 3.0 integrated with at least two ports on keyboard and one on the screen/pad.

  • Decko

    Also Windows 8 installed on both devices pad and fone.

  • Tobias Müller

    Also Ubuntu for Android installed on both devices pad and fone :D … and I don’t think a tab really needs 1920×1200, I can’t see any pixels on my 14 inch notebook with less pixels… rather concentrate on making it bright and minimize reflections in the sun. Also I would prefer a not to giant smartphone… since I don’t need both giant phone and tab… rather something about 3.5 inch (which is not that small either).

    • Anonymous

       Reflections are the most important…
      The size of the phone should stay the same tbh.
      But when using the padfone outside with the bright sun of Greece I can’t see anything.
      The tablet dock is better, but on the phone I really need to make shade to see what’s going on, even with full brightness and outdoor mode.

      • Tobias Müller

        I never used the padfone… I just hope for an all in one solution that would suit my needs. I don’t even know how big it is at the moment…

        What I would like would be an notebook replacement where the touchpad is replaced by a mobile… but since the notebook combination of the padfone is just  a keyboard-dock and a tablet that wouldn’t make much sense here…

  • Daniel Whatley

    Well the phone is now out.  I wish the keyboard option was offered with the Padfone 2.  I personally like the idea of a real keyboard and the protection if offers to the touchscreen.  Do you think there is a way to modify the pins/plug on the old keyboard dock to accept the new padfone docking plug?

    • JRC

      It maybe out in the rest of the world. But certainly not here in one of the biggest market in the world, the good old USA. Can somebody tell me why ASUS does not want my money? I have been offering it for the past 2 years (since the original PF1)? Why???????????

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