Ugh, another Asus PadFone model? Don’t we have enough of these niche phone-cum-tablet hybrid gizmos out and about? Why, yes, we do, what with the Infinity 2 (aka “new” Infinity) and PadFone Mini recently unveiled, yet the PadFone X benchmarked through AnTuTu may actually be a big deal.
Firstly, because it’ll apparently run Android 4.4 KitKat out the box. You can still count the number of devices powered by 4.4 on one hand, so if Asus moves quickly, they’ll certainly make a few waves.
But the kicker has nothing to do with on-board software. Instead, it’s about marketing and availability. This mysterious PadFone X may well be the first of its kind to make it on a wide scale outside Asia. Including in, you guessed it, America.
According to Asus’ CEO himself, the OEM has struck a deal with a “big operator” for a Q2 2014 launch of a PadFone. Of course, Jerry Shen hasn’t mentioned any specific names or features, however you’d think that the Infinity 2 and even PadFone Mini would be much too old to see daylight, say, five months from now.
On the not so bright side of things, assuming the specs revealed by AnTuTu are correct, the PadFone X is far from a groundbreaking top-shelf device. Sure, it’s on-par with today’s big fishes, as it packs Snapdragon 800 heat, 2 GB RAM and a 1,920 x 1,200 pix res screen (for the phone part, presumably), but next April or May the competition should be much fiercer.
Via [Phone Arena]