Asus has expanded its PadFone smartphone-tablet hybrid line-up with the launch of PadFone Infinity Lite.
The company has announced the Asus PadFone Infinity Lite for the Taiwanese market, priced at 13,990 New Taiwan dollars, which translates to roughly Rs. 28,700, while the tablet dock costs an extra 7,000 New Taiwanese dollars (Rs. 14,000 approximately).
Asus has also revealed that the new smartphone-tablet hybrid will be available in Taiwan in March, though it has not detailed any plans for a global release of the Padfone Infinity Lite.
Much like its predecessor the Padfone Infinity, the PadFone Infinity Lite comes with a tablet docking station, which in this case features a 10.1-inch full-HD (720x1280) Super IPS display, which offers 224ppi pixel density. Like previous iterations, the smartphone fits into the tablet dock, powering the tablet with its hardware. The tablet dock packs a huge 5000mAh battery.
The Asus PadFone Infinity Lite runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box, which is a dated Android version and unfortunately, the company has not revealed any plans to roll out any software update for the device.
The PadFone Infinity Lite features a 5-inch full-HD (540x960 pixel) display which boasts a pixel density of 441ppi. Internally, the PadFone Infinity Lite packs a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB of RAM. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and also includes a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The PadFone Infinity Lite comes with 32GB inbuilt storage, with no word on expandable storage. Connectivity options on the PadFone Infinity Lite include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS and 3G. The PadFone Infinity Lite smartphone packs a 2400mAh battery. Interestingly, the smartphone can be charged by docking into the station. The launch was first reported by a Chinese publication.
Earlier in January, Taiwanese computer electronics giant unveiled two new smartphone-tablet hybrids at CES 2014, a 4-inch Asus PadFone mini that fits into a 7-inch tablet dock, and the 5-inch Asus PadFone X that fits into a 9-inch tablet dock.
Mobiles launched in February 2014