Asus PadFone 2 released with quad-core processor and ICS

Tablet and smartphone combined weighs less than current iPad

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The PadFone 2 is not only bigger and faster, it is, combined, lighter than Apple's new iPad, add to that one of the most powerful processors in a smartphone and you're onto a winner

Asus has unveiled the new PadFone 2 smartphone and tablet hybrid in Milan today running Ice Cream Sandwich and sporting a larger 4.7-inch HD display and quad-core S4 processor.

The PadFone 2 has had a bump in the screen department going up to a Galaxy S3 rivaling 4.7-inches whilst swapping the original OLED panel for an integrated Super LCD which means brighter, sharper and as we've seen in the iPhone 5, a lot thinner.

Under the hood is where things get really impressive however as the PadFone 2 sports Snapdragon's new S4 quad-core processor making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. There's 2GB of RAM making sure that no matter what you're doing the PadFone 2 won't even break a sweat.

The camera has been given a massive boost now offering up 13MP along with Full-HD video recording, there's also NFC for those that like their payments wireless and Asus Cloud offering cloud storage across Asus devices with a hefty 50GB at your disposal.

Using a Micro-USB/HDMI hybrid connector the PadFone 2 docks with the station making the transition from smartphone to tablet now instantaneous. What you get then is a 10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS display along with a juice boost of 5,000mAh making sure you won't be running out of power anytime soon.

Coming in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavours there's no word on official UK pricing but by looking at US pricing expect both smartphone and tablet to be costing roughly iPhone 5 money, which when you think about it, is actually pretty good value.