Difference between Asus PadFone Infinity and Galaxy Note II

Key Difference: The Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone is a slick 5-inch full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel and provides approximately 441 ppi density. The device is a bar phone, with curved corners giving it a similar look to the ‘iPhone’ and ‘HTC One’. The Asus Padfone Infinity Dock is basically the 10-inch tablet shell that allows users to dock their phone into the tablet by sliding it into a slick slot on the back. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung and is an Android based device. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The beauty of a Galaxy Note II is that it falls between the categories of a smartphone and a tablet. It is hence marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

Asus has announced its latest phone and tablet in the Padfone series, knighted the Asus Padfone Infinity. The original Asus Padfone did not reach the Western Shores but the company states that the Padfone Infinity is set for world-wide launch in the second quarter of 2013. Similar to the original Padfone, the Padfone Infinity is available just as smartphone or along with a tablet dock that allows seamless transition between phone and tablet needs. The Padfone Infinity is a pretty intriguing concept that allows the phone to dock on the tablet, which powers the tablet and transfers all the data on the tablet for use. However, without the phone the tablet is just a shell without any ‘brain’ of its own. The phone/tablet is set to provide serious competition to rivals Sony Xperia Z Tab, iPad 4 and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Let’s cover its features separately.

The Asus Padfone Infinity smartphone is a slick 5-inch full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel and provides approximately 441 ppi density, making the screen visibly sharp, crisp and clear. The device is a bar phone, with curved corners giving it a similar look to the ‘iPhone’ and ‘HTC One’. The phone has a sleek metallic chassis, with a silver brushed look on the back. The phone is powered by the latest 1.7GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, providing fast responsiveness from the device. It offers the latest Android v4.2 Jelly Bean. The phone has a 2GB RAM and is available with 32/64 GB of internal storage capacity. The phone houses a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP secondary camera, with HD recording capability. The massive battery power allows the phone to provide up to 19 hours of 3G talk time. The company also introduced a bunch of new features such as Asus Echo, SuperNote, ASUS Story, Instant Dictionary and two years’ free Cloud Storage with 50GB ASUS WebStorage. The Asus Echo is the newest personal assistant, similar to Siri that allows the user to activate a number of features (search contacts, make calls, pick up incoming calls, activate the camera shutter for self-portraits, set alarms, change settings, etc) on the phone using voice commands. The new SuperNote supports real-time handwriting to text conversion and is sensitive enough to accurately translate from handwriting to text. Asus Story allows users to create albums and story lines, while Instant Dictionary allows users to translate words, phrases and sentences in emails, web pages or apps.

The Asus Padfone Infinity Dock is basically the tablet shell that allows users to dock their phone into the tablet by sliding it into a slick slot on the back. The slot comes with rubber gromits that ensures that the phone locks into place and does not slide out and fall. When the phone is docked on the tablet, the tablet and the phone synchronize automatically and the apps that were on the screen of the phone automatically re-sizes itself and pops up on the tablet screen. The tablet sports a 10.1 Full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel, similar to the phone, providing a clear and detailed picture on the tablet. The screen on both, the phone and the tablet, have a Corning Gorilla Glass covering. The tablet does not have a processor or anything such hardware on it. It does offer a few advantages to the phone. The tablet houses a 1MP front camera for video calls. The tablet is also capable to output 1080 Full HD video via Micro-USB compatible MyDP interface. The device also has a dialer and is able to accept and make phone calls and send text messages. The phone and the tablet have speakers have the ASUS Audio Wizard audio enhancement providing rich audio experience. The battery as a massive 5000 mAh Li-Polymer, that enhances the battery power of the phone allowing up to 40 hours of 3G talk time. The tablet also has the power to charge the phone three times with a full battery. The tablet starts charging the battery of the phone, when the phone is docked into the tablet.

The high-end phone/tablet hybrid comes with a high-end price of EUR 999 and should be around US$ 1300 when it finally reaches the States. The main purpose of such a hybrid is so that people can use one data plan and it eliminates the need for manually synchronizing the tablet to phone and vice-versa. The phone has also been criticized for the lack of the keyboard, which was one of the features available in the original Padfone. Will the phone be a massive success or failure will be seen when the phone finally becomes available world-wide.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a smartphone manufactured by Samsung and is an Android based device. The Note II is known for its large display of 5.5 inches (141 mm), as well as its integral use of a stylus, called the S pen. The beauty of a Galaxy Note II is that it falls between the categories of a smartphone and a tablet. It is hence marketed as a ‘phablet’, a phone and a tablet, a hybrid or sorts.

In terms of hardware, the Note II features a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 720p resolution display, and 2 GB of RAM. The Note II is available in a variety of colors and in storage capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. The phone also has an external expandable memory of up to 64 GB. The Galaxy Note II was launched with Android 4.1 (also called Jelly Bean) and at the time of its launch was the first phone to feature Android 4.1. Now, the phone is upgradeable to Android 4.1.2.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Asus website, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

Asus Padfone Infinity

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Launch Date

Expected Release Q2/2013

September 2012

Company

Asus

Samsung Electronics

Size

Phone:143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm

Pad: 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6 mm

151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm (5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 in)

Display

Phone: 5-inches, Full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel

Pad: 10.1-inches, Full HD 1920x1080, Super IPS+ with Capacitive Multi touch panel

5.5 inches, super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

Phone: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Pad: 1920x1080 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

720 x 1280 pixels, (~267 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass on both the phone and the pad.

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

Phone: 141 grams

Pad: 530 grams

183 g (6.46 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 - N7105

4G Network

LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 2100

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 - N7105

GUI

Asus' UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

1.7GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

Adreno 320

Mali-400MP

OS

Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

2 GB

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

nanoSIM

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

32/64 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

N/A

up to 64 GB

Sensors

G-Sensor, E-compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Light Sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

GPRS Class 10, EDGE Class 10, LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, Wi-Fi hotspot.

Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE, USB 2.0 Host, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, S Beam, Samsung AllShare Play & Control, Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display), Mirroring & Extention, Samsung AllShare Framework

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB, USB Host.

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, LTE (4G), USB

Speed

DC-HSPA+, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

Primary Camera

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

Phone: 2 MP [email protected] camera

Pad: 1MP front camera

1.9 MP

Video

[email protected]

[email protected]

Camera Features

  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection
  • Image stabilization

Sound Enhancement

ASUS Audio Wizard

ASUS Sonicmaster

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3/3GP/AAC/AAC+

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Phone: 2400 mAh Li-Polymer

Pad: 5000 mAh Li-Polymer

Li-ion 3,100 mAh

Talktime

Phone: 3G: 19 hours

Pad: 3G: 40 hours

2G: 35 hours

3G: 16 hours

Standby Time

Phone: 3G: 410 hours

Pad: 3G: 920 hours

2G: 980 hours

3G: 890 hours

Available Colors

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold, Hot Pink

Titanium Gray, Marble White, Amber Brown, Ruby Wine, Pink

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

FM radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS (N7100 only)

GPS

A-GPS & GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • ASUS WebStorage (50 GB storage)
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • ASUS Echo
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Instant Dictionary
  • SuperNote
  • ASUS Story
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay and Smart Rotate eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Samsung TouchWiz / Samsung L!ve Panel
  • Samsung Kies /Samsung Kies Air
  • Samsung ChatOn mobile communication service
  • Screen Recorder
  • Quick Glance
  • Samsung S Suggest
  • S Pen Experience (Stylus)
  • S Note
  • S Planner
  • Email with hand-writing integration
  • S Pen Keeper, Quick, Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist, Shape Match, Formula Match.

Image Courtesy: asus.com, samsung.com

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