The long expected launch event of the Padfone 2finally took place today in Taiwan and Italy. Now we finally know what this second generation Padfoen is all about.
A lot of things that we pretty much already knew got confirmed. Like the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Quad Core CPU which has a clock speed of 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and the fact that it does support LTE (700/800/1800/2600MHz). It was also confirmed that the Padfone itself will have a Super IPS+ screen which has a resolution of 1280×800, it's a surprise that it supports a resistive touch screen isntead of the usual capacitive touch screen, luckely the touch screen is not a resistive screen, it is a capacative touch screen. It seems like the information on the Asus Padfone 2 page was not accurate...
On October 16, just before the launch event, we will open our Padfone 2 forums so that everyone can discuss about this new device!
Update:One of our users tipped is that Asus Poland posted about the Padfone 2 on their facebook page. They say that it will be available in Poland in December. Keep checking this post for minor updates about the Padfone 2!
Firmware upgrade for international Padfones finally arrives
Asus has released a new OTA update for all International (WW) Padfones this morning. The version number is 188.8.131.52.
A changelog for the International version of this firmware and a full package download are still not available, but it's most likely that it has the same changes as version 184.108.40.206 (CHT), which has a minor lower version number. However, the WW upgrade package is already available via OTA (Over The Air) update, or as a download here
1. Elevate system stability and optimize the operating performance 2. Optimize Camera performance and quality - Add volume key to take picture 3. Optimize the setting UI of Dynamic display switch list - White/Black list setting improvement 4. System volume control improvement. 5. Input method improvement.
A lot of news is pouring in lately. Padfone 2 announcement, possible Padfone 2 release in The Benelux, Padfone 3 information. And now we have word from Asus Malaysia about the release of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on our Padfones. According to them, the Jelly Bean update is scheduled to begin in late December for Taiwanese (CHT) Padfones. Asus doesn't mention a date for the World Wide release of Jelly Bean, but this will probably be somewhere in January.
A couple days ago we got official word of the announcement of the Padfoen 2 on October 16th. Today we have information about the Padfone 3.
According to a user on our forum a Taiwanese newspaper reported that the CEO of Asus (Jerry Shen) mentioned the Padfone 3.
Usually we are very careful with posting things like this, but this time there could be a possible truth factor in this story. According to the article, Asus wants to support Windows Phone 8 with the Padfone 3(?). The Padfone 3 is currently in development. It will of course also rely on high end specifications and is expected to be released by the end of the first quarter of 2013.
Asus is thinking of releasing the Padfone 2 in Tne Benelux
We reported earlier that the Padfone won't be released in The Benelux. Yesterday we could bring you the news of the announcement date of the Padfone 2. Today we can tell you that Asus is researching the possibilities of releasing the Padfone 2 in The Benelux. It's not clear if Asus is already talking with providers at tthis moment. But we will keep you up-to-date as soon as we know more.