New Asus Padfone mini with Intel CPU and 4″ display announced at CES 2014
Asus announced its first PadFone mini version in Taiwan last month, but it doesn’t just end there, the company has even smaller and cool design pattern with silver touch. The smartphone was announced at the CES 2014 with its tablet dock in same size of its previous mini model. Not only the smartphone is a miniature model of the Padfone mini, but also a cut down version in terms of specs.
Now we will have to represent the previous model Padfone mini 4.3 or the new model Padfone mini 2014, because the new variant features even smaller screen though it is still a Padfone mini. The new Padfone mini smartphone is very compact and sports a 4″ IPS+ display with 800×480 pixels while the tablet dock has a slightly less-crisp 800×1280 pixel TFT display or ~215ppi density. Instead of its usual Qualcomm SoC, this time the company has added Intel’s dual-core Atom Z2560 clocked at 1.6. GHz to the internals and RAM is 1GB LPDDR2. It seems that the company is into gradually pushing Intel with its new devices.
On the camera side, the new Padfone mini sports an 8 MP camera on the back boasting Sony BSI unit with f/2.0 aperture and five-element lens and will comes with Asus proprietary PixelMaster software. Moving forward, the device has 8GB of storage with microSD card slot and on the network side, the device supports dual-SIM. The connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, and DC-HSDPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps and powering all these componets and features is a 1170mAh battery while the tablet dock has beefier 2100mAh battery.
Moreover, the Asus has introduced its new ZenUI and will be running atop Android 4.33 Jelly Bean. More details regarding the ZenUI are yet to be available. Asus hasn’t revealed exact pricing and release date for the new Padfone mini, but expected to launch the device in Q2 2014.