Asus Padfone Infinity hands-on preview

News Marin Perez 10:12, Feb 25 2013

The Padfone Infinity sports a high-def screen and it comes with a tablet shell

The Asus Padfone Infinity was just introduced at Mobile World Congress and we got a chance to play with the phone that can sort of turn into a tablet. 

The Padfone Infinity definitely looks and feels like a premium phone. It has an anodized aluminum brushed finish and a diamond-cut metalband around it and it's nice to look at. It doesn't feel so bad in your hand, either. 

The Padfone Infinity has a five-inch, 1080p HD display and Asus was very adament in saying that it has a higher pixel-per-inch ratio than the retina display on the iPhone. It looked great from what I saw, as colors popped off the screen and text and pictures were super crisp, even as you zoomed in. 

The Padfone lineup is known for coming with a tablet shell that you can slide it into and the Infinity is no exception. When you slide the Padfone Infinity into the tablet, you get a 10.1-inch screen to play around with. Another advantage of this tablet shell is that it will triple the battery life of your device. 

Inside, we're looking at a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 13-megapixel camera. Asus will also throw in 50GB of its online storage service when you buy the Padfone Infinity. 

The Asus Padfone Infinity looks like a great device but there are a few things are standing in its way of success. First off, it likely won't be coming to the United States. Additionally, this will launch with a price of over $1,300 for the Padfone Infinity and the tablet and that's a bit too steep, in my opinion. 

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