ASUS recently launched the Padfone S, a continuation of their successful Padfone line-up.
What I have with me is the Padfone S’s phone component, the tablet component will be arriving within the week I suppose.
The Padfone S runs Android Android 4.4 (KitKat) and it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB (Quad Core @ 2.3GHz). It comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, with MicroSD Card expansion up to 64GB. It’s a stunning looking 5″ phone with Full HD screen. The phone has a 2300mAh non-removable battery, holds only 1 SIM card but it comes with 4G LTE capability.
Below are the details of the Padfone S.
The Phone component retails at RM 899 while the Tablet component called PadFone S Station retails at RM 499
More details at the official product page.
One of the features on the ASUS Padfone S is the ASUS’ PixelMaster technology.
Normally I wouldn’t do travel photography tests as that’ll just run my bank account dry but it so happens that the Padfone S arrived at my lab just before my holiday trip to Taiwan, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I’m sure many of you have travelled with a DSLR and lens hanging on your neck before, it’s not a pleasant experience. Would a phone suffice when it comes to capturing moments and scenes? Let’s find out.
The photos were taken with the following settings
– 16:9 ratio (10MP)
– ISO 800 (yes, I like high ISO)
– Mode : AUTO and HDR
– either resized or cropped to 1600 x 900
– levels adjustment (only 1 photo, the Taipei 101 tower)
– brightness adjustment (3 photos – pincher, spaghetti and one of the street photos)
– added watermark, saved at maximum quality with Adobe Photoshop CC.
Each image is about 1MB in size, which is why I resized them to 1600 x 900. 1600 x 900 is still larger than the usual image size I use for other articles, and it’s still larger than most photos you see on Facebook. Please click the image to view them in full size.
With the above details specified, I now present to you the photos.