• SPECIFICATIONS
  • OS: Android 4.4 KitKat with ASUS ZenUI
  • CPU: 2.3GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
  • RAM: 2GB mDDR3
  • Storage: 16GB, microSD (up to 64GB), 5GB ASUS Webstorage
  • Display: 5-inch LED Backlight IPS Panel (1,920 x 1,080) FHD
  • Network: HSPA 900/1900/2100MHz, 4G LTE 700/800/900/1800/1900/2100/2600
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB
  • Extras: 13-megapixel Rear Camera, 2-megapixel Front Camera, ASUS SonicMaster technology,
  • Dimensions: 143.93 (W) x 72.46 (D) x 9.98 (H) mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • Pros:
  • Great value
  • Impressive performance
  • Sturdy yet light build quality
  • Decent battery life
  • 4G LTE ready
  • Cons:
  • Speakers are a little tinny
  • Only 16GB internal storage
  • Benchmark Results
  • AnTuTu: 41,489 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited): 19,927 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Extreme): Maxed Out!
  • 3DMark Ice Storm: Maxed Out!

The S Stands For Superior

ASUS has definitely had a pretty good year in almost all of the categories they have a foot in. They may not be up there quite just yet but if they continue producing devices like the ZenFones, FonePads and MeMO Pads, they will definitely make it to the higher echelons of smart mobile devices. One device that may just propel them to that position is their latest PadFone S, which is a very impressive device in almost every aspect.

Combined with ASUS' PixelMaste camera technology, the 13-megapixel rear camera of the PadFone S can be used to capture amazing photos

Combined with ASUS’ PixelMaste camera technology, the 13-megapixel rear camera of the PadFone S can be used to capture amazing photos

In terms of design and build quality, there’s definitely no complaints from us as we like how solid the device feels. It is a little on the thick side but it is still fairly lightweight. The 5-inch display is also just nice as we were able to use it comfortably with one hand. Both the power/lock button and volume rockers are located on the right side of the device which makes them very accessible. The rear cover of the device is removable but unfortunately the 2,300mAh battery isn’t. However, the device does come with a microSD slot, which is great since it only has an internal storage of 16GB.

Despite its very reasonable price, the PadFone S actually comes with hardware that rivals many of the latest flagships which makes the device run very smoothly even when multitasking. It also produced very good scores in our standard suite of benchmarks and handle games like Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 with no problems whatsoever.

As for battery performance, the 2,300mAh will definitely satisfy those who aren’t constantly on their phone. On a normal day with medium usage the PadFone S lasted us a full day before needing a recharge.

Placed on the left and right side of the micro USB port are the tablet dock ports

Placed on the left and right side of the micro USB port are the tablet dock ports

Finally, camera performance of the PadFone S is also very satisfactory as the 13-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture and the PixelMaster camera technology, we managed to capture some really good photos.

CHIP CONCLUDE: ASUS have definitely hit this one out of the park as the PadFone S is just what most consumers have been demanding for, a reasonably priced device that comes with all the high-end trimmings. To top it all off, it can even be turned into a tablet, without having to spend over RM1,000 on a separate device.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

ASUS PadFone S