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Asus's Padfone Infinity is a big phone, and an even bigger tablet (hands-on)

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Asus Padfone Infinity
Asus Padfone Infinity

What do you get when you mix a phablet and a tablet? You get the Asus Padfone Infinity, which the company just announced at MWC. The docking device remains first and foremost a phone, just a big one now — a 5-inch, 1080p phone that feels surprisingly comfortable to hold despite its size. We've spent a few minutes with the Infinity, and while the device's gimmicky purpose clearly hasn't changed, the handset itself has definitely improved. It's better-made and the screen is absolutely gorgeous — docking a 1080p screen inside a 1080p screen almost seems silly.

The transition between phone and tablet mode used to be a little awkward and slow for the Padfone, but the Infinity does a better job – it worked really well. The phone itself is really light, and even the pieces together don't make for a particularly large or clunky experience. It feels like an expensive machine, and, well, it is — the Infinity will run 999 Euros when it's available later this year, and for that price you could get a really good phone and a really good tablet. Asus just hopes you want one device that does both.

Ross Miller contributed to this report.