Difference between Asus PadFone Infinity and Samsung Galaxy S4

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. Samsung Galaxy S4 is the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The company boasts new features into a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density.

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 Galaxy S4 is the successor to the very popular Samsung Galaxy S3. The company boasts new features into a slightly smaller and sleeker design. The phone’s screen has been increased to a stunning almost 5 inches with only slight decrease in size of the phone. The screen is a full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that provides a greater resolution of 1080 pixels, almost 441ppi density. The weight of the phone has also been reduced to 130 g and the width of the phone has been reduced by 1mm. The phone has sharper and straighter lines with just curved edges. In terms of design it is quite similar to the S3. The chassis is made up of polycarbonate plastic and the display is highly sensitive that accepts touch through gloves. The phone is available with either the 1.6 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or the 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-core processor, depending on the market. It is available with 16/32/64 GB internal capacity options and if that is not enough it can be upgraded by another 64 GB using the SD slot. The S4 comes with 2 GB RAM, which has become a norm for smartphones these days.

The phone comes with a stunning 13 MP primary camera, a 2 MP secondary camera and HD video recording capability. The S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but it has yet to be seen if it will offer an upgrade to the new Key Lime Pie version when it is available in mid-2013. The phone is available in two colors Black Mist and White Frost, though there may be chances for other colors once the phone is available for purchasing. Now for the fun part! The phone offers brand new features that are sure to pull in some big spenders. The S4 offers hovering capabilities known as Air Wave, which allows users to swipe between screens, videos, photos without actually touching the screen. Another fun feature is the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause; Smart Scroll uses a sensor and the front camera to automatically scroll when a person is done reading a certain paragraph. The scrolling can also be controlled using tilt. Smart Pause uses the sensor to pause videos automatically when the phone senses that the person is no longer looking at the screen and then resumes when the person looks back at the screen.

Group Play is a feature that allows users to use NFC or Bluetooth to tap and transfer videos, photos, music and even engage in multiplayer games with other S4 users. There are many new camera features as well including dual camera, sound & shot, drama shot, story album, cinema photo and eraser mode. Dual camera allows users to use both the cameras at the same time including when trying to take a photo. The person taking the photo can place their face to the photo taken using the secondary camera or vice-versa. Sound & Shot feature takes 9 seconds of audio when capturing a photo. Drama Shot combines all the actions from a Burst shot into one screen. Story album enables the users to create an album using their shots and audio. Cinema photo feature allows the users to animate one portion of an image, while keeping the rest simple. Eraser Mode allows users to erase objects from the image that they do not wish to include. Other features also include S Health (users can track their diet, steps, exercises, etc.), S Translator, S Voice assistant, Galaxy S Voice Drive and Integrated Optical Reader. Samsung has yet to announce the release date and the price of the S4.

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

 

Asus Padfone Infinity

Samsung Galaxy S4

Launch Date

Expected Release Q2/2013

Q2 of 2013

Company

Asus

Samsung Corporation

Size

Phone:143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm

Pad: 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6 mm

136.6x69.8x7.9mm

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

4.99 inch Full HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen

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

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

1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass on both the phone and the pad.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Weight

Phone: 141 grams

Pad: 530 grams

130 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 2100

LTE availability depends on the market.

GUI

Asus' UI

TouchWiz UI

CPU speed

1.7GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

1.6 GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 5 processor or 1.9 GHz Snapdragon Fusion Pro quad-Core processor depending on the market.

GPU

Adreno 320

PowerVR SGX 544MP3

OS

Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android 4.2.2  (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Exynos 5 Octa 5410

RAM

2 GB

2 GB

SIM Size

nanoSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

32/64 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

N/A

Expandable 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 v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Data

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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC, Infrared port.

Speed

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

HSDPA, 42.2 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/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, USB Host

Primary Camera

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus camera

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

Phone: 2 MP [email protected] camera

Pad: 1MP front camera

2 MP, zero shutter lag, BIS

Video

[email protected]

[email protected] HD video

Camera Features

  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • Dual camera
  • Sound & Shot
  • Drama shot
  • Group play
  • Story album
  • Simultaneous HD video and Image recording
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face and smile detection,
  • Image Stabilization
  • HDR
  • Cinema photo
  • Eraser mode

Sound Enhancement

ASUS Audio Wizard

ASUS Sonicmaster

TBA

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

Removable Li-on 2,600 mAh battery

Talktime

Phone: 3G: 19 hours

Pad: 3G: 40 hours

TBA

Standby Time

Phone: 3G: 410 hours

Pad: 3G: 920 hours

TBA

Available Colors

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold, Hot Pink

Black Mist and White Frost

Messaging

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

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

Browser

HTML5

HTML5, Adobe Flash

Radio

FM radio

TBA

GPS

A-GPS & GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes

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
  • Air Wave
  • Tilt
  • Smart Scroll
  • Smart Pause
  • Integrated Optical Reader
  • S Health
  • S Translator
  • S Voice assistant
  • S Memo note apps
  • Galaxy S Voice Drive
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
  • YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: asus.com, samsung.com

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