Asus has been fairly erratic of late in its quest to somehow make PadFone mongrels popular all of a sudden in the mainstream global mobile market, enriching the family with an E mid-range model, Mini diminutive variant and US-destined X version. Also, an Infinity Lite that everyone ignored.
Yet the smartphone/tablet hybrid line is probably in need of solid software support more than hardware variety. Especially when it’s so frigging difficult to set the PadFone Infinity and “New” PadFone Infinity apart. Or the X and the two.
Luckily, Asus will have you covered software-wise too… eventually, working hard on Android 4.4 KitKat ports for a quartet of PadFone flavors. The second-generation PadFone, along with the Asian and Russian Infinity and European PadFone A80 (I think my brain hurts) are reportedly due for bumps to the latest, greatest Android version in Q2 2014.
Hot on their heels, the New PadFone Infinity is to score KitKat in Q3, all four also getting the ZenUI skin introduced with ZenFone handhelds at January’s CES. Wait, Q3 could mean September. September?!? As in one full year after the 2-in-1 5-inch phone-cum-10-inch slate debuted? Asus must be kidding. Sheesh, even Sony is quicker than that.