The New Padfone Lets It All Hang Out

The Asus Padfone took 12 months to arrive on the market after it was first announced. Now, for multi-tasking device lovers everywhere, there's a new version of the smartphone powered tablet—and it seems to want to show off its insides.

The first iteration of the Padfone had a little door to hide the phone that powers the tablet, whereas the Padfone 2 proudly shows off the phone, which slots into a dock on the back of the device. There it stands, protruding from the back of the rather thin tablet.

The phone itself is a bit of a snorer, in the bigger-is-better vein of Android phone design: 4.7-inch 720p IPS display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera... but only Android 4.0.4. Connectivity-wise, you're looking at LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.

The tablet packs a 1280 x 800, 10.1-inch display, with a mere 5000mAh battery to complement the phone's 2140mAh cell. In fact, the tablet unit itself has seen a battery downgrade, which is a bit weird.

All told, it's not clear how much better than the original Padfone this second iteration will be. But then, targeted at a pretty niche market in the first place, it's not clear how useful the format itself is anyway. Do any of you use a Padfone? [Asus via Verge]