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Asus Padfone X, In A Class Of Its Own!

August 5, 2014

Asus Padfone X

This month, the Taiwanese from Asus have launched an intriguing device known as the Asus PadFone X, which consists in a top notch smartphone and a tablet docking station. The package offers some awesome features which are available for an affordable price and will surely gain a lot of attention from consumers, as it’s the first to bring such a rich package of features without bringing any damage to anyone’s wallet. So, keep reading the following review and find out more about it, maybe it’ll interest you into actually buying one.

In its retail bow, the Asus PadFone X brings the smartphone, the tablet docking station, a microUSB used for re-charging the device, a charger head, a pair of headphones with in-ear buds and the user manuals.

Now, let’s check out the handset. The Asus PadFone X smartphone measures 143.4 x 72.5 x 10 mm and has a weight of 150 grams, which is reasonable for a phone that holds a 5 inches display. Its design isn’t anything to write home about, as it’s pretty simple, yet elegant and appealing. It’s made from polycarbonate and seems very solid and nicely put together, definitely breathing high quality. Managing it is pretty easy and its soft finish offers a good hand grip.
The dock station stands at 250.4 x 172.3 x 11.6 mm and has a weight of 514 grams. It’s kind of bulky for my taste and has pretty large bezels, but that’s understandable due to its mechanism. You’ll need to use both your hands for handling it, but that’s hardly a deal breaker, if you ask me.

The smartphone holds a 5 inches Super IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 441 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The image quality is excellent, with punchy colors, good contrast and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also wonderful.
On the other hand, the docking station doesn’t offer the same quality, yet is still very decent and offers nice colors and wide viewing angles.

In terms of user interface, the Asus Padfone X comes loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has been customized with the Asus proprietary Zen UI. Browsing through the smartphone or station goes nice and smooth and you’ll be greeted by a friendly and intuitive interface that works like a charm. That’s thanks to its hardware, which consists in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, having a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The performance is excellent and you won’t be bothered by any issues whatsoever.

At the connectivity department, the Asus Padfone X features support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE and 3G, LTE Cat4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Hotspot and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 (with USB Host) and NFC.

Asus Padfone X keyboard

Surfing the web is a real pleasure on both devices. You get to choose between the standard Android browser and Google Chrome, which are both very capable and have a friendly and very intuitive user interface. The pages are loaded very fast and look great on both displays.

For taking pictures, the smartphone holds a 13 megapixels camera with autofocus which takes photos with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and is accompanied by a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. The camera application offers support for a plethora of options and settings, including panorama, HDR, touch focus, face detection and more.
The photos produced offer a great image quality, with accurate colors, good contrast and a high amount of resolved detail.
The camera is capable of shooting 2160p videos @25 fps or 1080p @25 fps and also does a great job.
A 2MP secondary camera is on board for making video calls.

Some other useful applications offered by the Asus PadFone X are a GPS receiver with support for GLONASS and A-GPS, the Polaris Office 5 suite for managing your document files, a file manager which offers access to your phone or the microSD card, Google Now as your personal assistant, a weather application and more.

In terms of battery life, the Asus PadFone X smartphone holds inside a 2,330 mAh battery which isn’t removable and will keep your handset alive for over three and a half days under a moderate usage (which is brilliant, if you ask me!). The dock station is powered by a 4,990 mAh battery and will stay alive for almost 9 hours of web browsing or 10 of video playback. It’s capable of charging the smartphone when it’s packed inside, but uses both batteries in tablet mode.

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