Difference between Asus PadFone Infinity and Sony Xperia Z Tab

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. Sony has recently announced its revamped smartphone and tablets line. Along with the new flagship phone Sony Xperia Z, the company has also added a new tablet, the Sony Xperia Z Tab. The tablet supports a 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and is created using the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology.

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.

Sony has recently announced its revamped smartphone and tablets line. Along with the new flagship phone Sony Xperia Z, the company has also added a new tablet, the Sony Xperia Z Tab. It shares many features to its little brother, but is also different in many ways. The Xperia Z tab has already seen the light of day in Japan in January, while it was recently unwrapped for global availability. The company’s claims the tablet to the lightest and the slimmest LTE tablet available in the market. The tablet supports a 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and is created using the Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology. Similar to its little brother, the phone is water-resistant and dust proof. The phone can be submerged about 1 meter for 30 minutes without any damage (However, all the ports and slots should be firmly closed). The phone can also withstand water jets and the screen is coated with shatter-proof film coating. The borders of the tablet have been designed in a way to not obstruct side viewing.

The tablet houses the 1.5 GHz Krait Quad-core processor and the Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 chipset. The tablet runs on 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and can be upgraded to 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is available with 16/32 GB internal memory, which can further be upgraded up to 64 GB. The company has maintained the camera technology on the tablet. The tablet houses 8.1 MP Exmor R primary camera and a 2.1 MP secondary camera for video chatting. The phone offers features such as Superior Auto, geo-tagging, Exmor R for mobile image sensor,

HDR for both picture/film, continue burst mode, scene recognition, sweep panorama, smile detection, face detection and touch focus.  Superior Auto automatically adjusts the shooting profile depending on the shot that is being taken. Additional features include face unlock, screenshot capturing, wake-up mode, screen mirroring, throw feature, TV side view and remote control application. The throw feature allows users to automatically connect and play mobile content on any devices that can be connected to the phone via screen mirroring, DLNA or Bluetooth. Face Unlock allows users to place their face in front of their phones to unlock the photo. The company has not yet announced pricing of the tablet.

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

 

Asus Padfone Infinity

Sony Xperia Z Tab

Launch Date

Expected Release Q2/2013

Q1 of 2013

Company

Asus

Sony Corporation

Size

Phone:143.5 x 72.8 x 8.9 mm

Pad: 264.6 x 181.6 x 10.6 mm

172 x 266 x 6.9 mm

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

10.1 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with on-screen QWERTY keyboard

Screen

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

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

1920 x 1200 pixels (~224 ppi pixel density), Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass on both the phone and the pad.

Water-resistant & Dust-proof, anti-shatter film coating

Weight

Phone: 141 grams

Pad: 530 grams

495 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600 / 2100

LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

GUI

Asus' UI

Sony UI

CPU speed

1.7GHz quad-core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 600

1.5 GHz Krait Quad-core

GPU

Adreno 320

Adreno 320

OS

Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600

Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064

RAM

2 GB

2 GB

SIM Size

nanoSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

32/64 GB

16/32 GB

Expandable Memory

N/A

Up to 64 GB

Sensors

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

Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass

Connectivity

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

HDMI via MHL support, Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot functionality, DLNA Certified, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB

Data

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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, 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, 5.8 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 hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host

microUSB v2.0 (MHL)

Primary Camera

13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus camera

8.1 MP Exmor R autofocus camera

Secondary Camera

Phone: 2 MP [email protected] camera

Pad: 1MP front camera

2.2 MP Exmor R camera [email protected]

Video

[email protected]

[email protected], HDR

Camera Features

  • LED flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch focus
  • Face detection
  • 16x Digital zoom
  • Superior Auto
  • Geo-tagging
  • Exmor R for mobile image sensor
  • HDR for both picture/film
  • Continue Burst Mode
  • Scene recognition
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Smile detection
  • Face detection
  • Touch focus

Sound Enhancement

ASUS Audio Wizard

ASUS Sonicmaster

3D surround sound enhancement

Audio supported formats

MP3/3GP/AAC/AAC+

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Xvid/DivX/MKV/WMV/ MP4/H.264/ H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Phone: 2400 mAh Li-Polymer

Pad: 5000 mAh Li-Polymer

Non-removable Li-Po 6000 mAh battery

Talktime/ Multimedia

Phone: 3G: 19 hours

Pad: 3G: 40 hours

10 hours

Standby Time

Phone: 3G: 410 hours

Pad: 3G: 920 hours

890 hours

Available Colors

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold, Hot Pink

Black, White

Messaging

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

Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

FM radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

A-GPS & GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via 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
  • Face unlock
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Wake-up mode OmniBalance design
  • Screen mirroring
  • Throw feature
  • TV side view
  • Remote control application
  • Pre-loaded applications
  • SNS integration
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: asus.com, sonymobile.com

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