The ASUS PadFone 2 features Android 4.1 JellyBean, 4G LTE, and a 4.7-inch screen at a resolution of 1280 by 720. ASUS has released the details regarding their latest phone, the ‘TransPhone’. ASUS typically names it’s devices off of another device coincided with the same specifications. An example of this is the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity being the 10.1-inches and the little brother the ASUS PadFone 2 coming in at 4.7-inches. ASUS has replicated this same pattern with the TransPhone and having the TransPad be the bigger device out of the two.
The TransPad features a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 by 600, while the TransPhone rocks a 3.5-inch screen with a resolution of 960 by 540. The TransPhone docks into the 7-inch TransPad dock. A few flaws the TransPhone presents are the 1 GHz MediaTek chip, which is an off-brand chip manufacturer, a price point of $240 on pre-order, and finally the fact the specifications are not up to today’s standards. With ASUS’s previous creations their devices could compete with other Android tablets and phones, but the TransPhone does not event compete with other budget smartphones. Granted, the price point is quite affordable if you are looking for a sub-budget smartphone, but if you are looking to spend a few more dollars there are much better options. Also, the device slides into the TransPad tablet if you have it, which makes the mega-device look absurd. The device ships sometime in March 2013.