February 25th 2013 8:53 am

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The convertible phone goes full HD and beyond

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The PadFone Infinity is without a doubt the best phone ASUS has ever made, and it's a worthwhile upgrade from the PadFone 2 even for the specs alone. Thanks to that brand-new industrial design on the phone itself, we're confident that it'll get more attention than its two predecessors did. Pretty much everyone we've shown the device to praised the new look. While we're less concerned about the problematic new apps since they can be updated, we hope ASUS somehow finds a way to dampen the rattle of the docked phone.

But the question remains: can this new package convince more consumers that owning this is better than carrying two separate devices? As nice as the PadFone is, this three-generation-old formula risks becoming stale if it doesn't break the mold. If ASUS wants to win over the non-believers, it'd have to come up with a solution that can let people use both the phone and the tablet module at the same time. That's right, dual-screen multitasking. The closest thing we have right now is NEC's Medias W, but it's more of an experimental product and won't be produced in high quantities. Perhaps wireless display from the phone to the tablet module is the way forward? Do surprise us, ASUS.

Critic reviews

8.0
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  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
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User reviews

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8.0
Engadget May 21, 2013

The PadFone Infinity is almost everything that we had hoped for since the previous model, only to be hindered by some of its buggy new apps.

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8.0
Digital Versus Aug 29, 2013

The PadFone Infinity is a beautiful device, well finished and largely in phase with the hybrid concept from whence it was born. ... A few minor issues keep it from a five-star rating, but overall the Infinity is a great continuation of the PadFone line.

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First Looks

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PC Mag Feb 25, 2013

The Padfone Infinity is very impressive, and might find a market here in the U.S. if it was reasonably priced. The phone and tablet will cost around $1,209, though, so it looks like it'll be a luxury item rather than a best-seller.

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Laptop Magazine Feb 25, 2013

The CPU proved to be plenty of power, since the tablet-browsing experience also went off without a hitch. Even changing from horizontal to vertical orientation was snappy, and this is generally an area where many tablets struggle.

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Ars Technica Feb 26, 2013

Depending on how you hold your tablet, the PadFone in tablet mode can be a bit uncomfortable—the back of the tablet is a nice, smooth metal, but there's a bulge in the center for the cradle where the phone is inserted that might get in your way if you hand reaches the center of your tablet.

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SlashGear Feb 25, 2013

With the ASUS Padfone you’ve got two devices in one – the phone is meant to be the main focus here while the tablet stays behind most of the time. When you’re at home and want a larger display to play games on, browse the web, or watch movies, all you’ve got to do is plug it in.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 25, 2013

In the hand the first thing that's striking about the phone is just how light it is for a 5-inch screen handset. It's not jumped on the mega-huge phone trend so it's comfy in the hand. Such weight immediately makes us think of plastic, but the Padfone Infinity boasts an aluminium back panel.

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CNET Asia Feb 26, 2013

If you're expecting a radical design, look somewhere else. Asus has been refining the design elements of its PadFones since the first model and the Infinity is a testament to that. It builds on the PadFone 2 design to deliver a sleeker overall package.

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phoneArena Feb 25, 2013

Designwise, Asus has done a great job at thinning out the two devices. The phone is 8.9mm thick at its thickest, while the station measures 10.7mm thick and weighs 530 grams, which feels fairly lightweight.

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TechRadar Feb 25, 2013

The Padfone is a thing of beauty. It's not for everyone but many of us do have a use-case for it. If you have a tablet yet find yourself using more things on your phone then Asus believes you'll be in its Padfone queue.

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T3 Feb 26, 2013

Like its predecessors, the Padfone Infinity is a compelling product, but it's difficult to say whether it will prove to be a hit. However, the idea of one data plan for two products is appealing, and the phone looks good as a standalone product.

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TrustedReviews Feb 26, 2013

Both screens use IPS type displays, offering great viewing angles. We only got to see the phone part in action, and it was more-or-less flawless. Contrast, sharpness and colour reproduction are all excellent.

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The Next Web Feb 25, 2013

ASUS continued its experimentation with hybrid form factors today when it launched the PadFone Infinity, a 5-inch full HD smartphone that can be docked with a 10.1-inch Android tablet. It replaces the existing PadFone and sits alongside the PadFone 2.

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Android Community Feb 25, 2013

The PadFone Infinity is a smartphone and has a companion tablet, the Infinity Station. The former has a 5-inch 1080p display and the latter has a 10.1-inch display. The smartphone is designed to dock into the tablet and is powered by a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM.

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Expert Reviews Feb 25, 2013

The smartphone itself reminds us strongly of the iPhone 4, thanks to its gloss black front and silver sides, complete with a SIM slot you open with a paperclip. The design is different round the rear, though, as the phone has a gently rounded brushed metal back.

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9.0
atanum atanum

After Motorola Atrix, this is the only device which carried forward the concept of a 2-in-1 Phone plus Pad gadget with shared internals (CPU, Memory). This concept may not have become very popular but for travelers this is a boon. In PadFone Infinity, ASUS has finally got the device working...

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9.0
lawlez lawlez

I got my Padfone in january. 1 month later the speaker stopped working. A bit later the Screen started to register random touches, sometimes it is not usable at all and i have to restart the phone. other than that, its the BEST PHONE I EVER HAD. i rate it 9/10 because i think i just got a broken...

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