Swimming against every single tide in the Android Ocean, Asus has just taken the wraps off the PadFone mini, a lower-cost, lower-end take on the PadFone concept that has recently reached its fourth generation.
So technically, this is the fifth member of the PadFone family, though it has very little in common with the larger, more technically impressive Infinity or Infinity 2.
It’s a modest 4.3-inch dual-SIM handheld tailor-made for emerging markets, capable of seamlessly transforming into an equally as mediocre 7-inch tablet thanks to the so-called PadFone Station, aka a very nifty dock with its own screen and battery.
Why is the PadFone mini unlikely to make a splash in the mobile industry? Well, it’s too petite and has one or two features so cringe worthy that even budget audiences will be put off. For instance, the battery. The standalone phone rocks a minuscule 1,500 mAh cell, whereas the docking station adds 2,200 mAh more for a grand total of 3,700 mAh. Pretty pathetic.
There’s also the 4.3-incher’s 960 x 540 pixels resolution, albeit the silver lining is the quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip running the hardware show. And the 8 MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. I guess the 1 GB of RAM and pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean are not so bad either, so all in all, the PadFone mini could be welcomed with a (cautious) sense of excitement.
Especially as it’s set to go on sale in Taiwan for roughly $400 (TWD 11,900), with China, Russia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore following suit over the next 30 days. An American launch? Don’t count on it.
Via [Chinese VR-Zone]