Asus’s PadFone Infinity is one of the most interesting devices on the market right now, but it’s not exactly a go-to flagship for most consumers. Maybe a hardware refresh will change their minds, with the company issuing a minor update to the phone to bring it in line with other late-2013 handsets.
Engadget reports that the biggest change is the inclusion of Qualcomm’s latest SoC, the quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.2Ghz. Asus has also added a microSD card slot for expandable storage up to 64GB, but internal storage options drop to 16GB and 32GB as a result. There’s a new secondary microphone too, which should aid noise cancellation.
The other big change is to the camera. Asus has retained the 13-megapixel sensor from the original PadFone Infinity, but added a new PixelMaster mode. The company is essentially applying the same pixel oversampling technology used on Nokia’s phones to the PadFone, with all those pixels ultimately delivering a 3-megapixel image. It looks like low light performance has seen a big jump as a result, and photos in general should look sharper.
Other specs remain unchanged. Both the new and old PadFone Infinity include a 5-inch 1080p IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and LTE connectivity. Asus didn’t say when the revised version will go on sale in the UK, but we’ll let you know when it does.