Computer maker ASUS is reportedly gearing up for the release of a successor for its PadFone smartphone-tablet hybrid device.
Dubbed PadFone 2, the handset is expected to become official as soon as next month, as ASUS has already sent out invites to a press event supposedly marking the device's official debut.
In fact, two such events were announced, both set for the same day, October 16th, though in different locations, one in Milan, Italy, and another in Taipei, Taiwan.
Rumor has it that ASUS has decided to go for a larger touchscreen display with the new model, bumping it up to 4.7-inch and enhancing it with HD resolution.
Moreover, the new device is said to pack a quad-core Snapdragon S4 application processor inside, complemented by 2GB of RAM, marking a significant improvement in performance when compared to the original PadFone.
On the back, the smartphone should feature a 13-megapixel photo snapper, most probably with support for full HD video recording, complemented by a 1.2MP front camera to allow users to make video calls.
The ASUS PadFone 2 is also expected to hit shelves with a 2140 mAh battery inside, another significant improvement when compared to the 1520 mAh battery included in the first model.
Although packing better hardware inside, the new PadFone manages to remain slim at only 9mm, though it gains some additional weight, at 135 grams, compared to 129 grams for the first model.
The smartphone should be capable of offering support for LTE and HSPA+ networks and should run under Google's Android operating system, yet no info on the specific platform release it would sport has emerged so far.
As mentioned above, additional details on ASUS' new PadFone 2 should arrive in mid-October, so stay tuned to learn more on the smartphone / tablet convertible device.
Via: ASUS PadFone 2 Specs Leak