Asus has launched its second-generation hybrid Padfone, dubbed the Padfone 2, just two months after the device became available in Australia.
The Asus Padfone 2 handset contains a 4.7in 720p Super IPS+ display, along with a quad-core Qualcomm processor, and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of onboard memory – all powered by a 2140mAh battery.
There's also a 13MP camera that shoots 30fps 1080p video or 60fps 720p video, along with a 1.2MP front camera. It also supports LTE and NFC, but Asus has not confirmed if it will be compatible with Australian LTE networks.
The Padfone 2 will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but Asus has confirmed it will get an upgrade to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean in the near future.
The biggest improvement on the device is the Padfone Station tablet. Asus has done away with the clunky, bulky dock cover seen with the original Padfone, which has got the weight down from 854g to 649g, despite the Padfone Station sporting the same 10.1in screen as the original.
The Padfone 2 will be available in early 2013. The keyboard dock and stylus seen with the original device won't be available with the second-generation Padfone.