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ASUS Padfone

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ASUS Padfone
Padfone
ASUS Padfone.jpg
Specification
Manufacturer: ASUS ASUS-icon.png
Release Date: Apr. 2012
Operating System: Android Android-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 128 x 65.4 x 9.2 mm
Weight: 129g
Chipset: Qualcomm Adreno 225
Display: 4.3 in, Super AMOLOED screen with qHD (540×960) resolution
Networks: 850 900 1800 1900 MHz UMTS/HSPA 900 2100 MHz
Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth:  ?
NFC: No
GPS: Yes
Video out: microHDMI
Camera: 8MP
Secondary Camera: 1.3 MP
Internal Memory: 1GB RAM, 32/64GB NAND
Memory Card: microSD, microSDHC
Battery:
Additional Features: usable with Padfone Station


Intro

First generation of Asus Padfone (A66) hit the market in Q2 2012.

Specifications

Operating System: Google Android 4.0.3 (actually it can to be upgraded to 4.1.1) Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 8260A Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Display:

  • Padfone:4.3inches, qHD 960x540, Super AMOLED with Capacitive Multi touch panel, Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film Detailed specs
  • Padfone Station:10.1inches, WXGA 1280x800, TFT with Capacitive Multi touch panel, Scratch Resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with HCLR Film

Memory: 1 GB LPDDR2 RAM, 32/64GB Internal Storage, Expandable to 64/96GB (with microSD Cards) Connectivity: WLAN 802.11b/g/n (2.4Ghz) , Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

General Info

Development

You can refer to Padfone Club forum: http://padfoneclub.com/pl/forum/forum_viewforum.php?21

As of 05/06/2013, two roms are available for the Padfone.

Bootloader, firmware updates and wipe

To get to the bootloader, hold down the Volume - button while powering up the phone. From here you can either directly factory reset (Option 2) or go to the advanced boot loader menu (Option 1). Use the Volume + and - buttons to select the option that you want and use the power button to enter. When going to option 1 you get the follwing options: Apply update from external storage. Use this option when you download a new firmware file. Put it anywhere on a SD card and it will find it and present you the option to install the zip file. Apply update from cache is the way to go if you don't have a micro sd card. However it means you have to download the firmware file to the phone's internal memory and have the necessary free space.

Getting root access

For ROMs : Version V9.18.8.30(SG) Version V9.18.8.41(CHT)

see thread : [thread]

For android ics 4.0.3 use this method :

@echo This is an adapted idea from the methods of

@echo Dan Rosenberg (vulnfactory.org)

@echo -Script by Bin4ry-

echo off

cd data

echo Please plug the device in ADB-Mode

adb wait-for-device

echo Rename /data/local/tmp to be able to create symlink

adb shell mv /data/local/tmp /data/local/tmp.old

echo Trying to create /data symlink

adb shell ln -s /data /data/local/tmp

adb reboot

echo Waiting for device to reboot

adb wait-for-device

adb shell rm /data/local.prop > nul

echo Trying to write qemu value to prop-file

adb shell "echo \"ro.kernel.qemu=1\" > /data/local.prop"

echo Rebooting

adb reboot

echo Waiting for device to reboot again

adb wait-for-device

echo Try to remount /system

adb remount

echo Pushing su and Superuser.apk

adb push su /system/bin/su

adb shell chmod 06755 /system/bin/su

adb push Superuser.apk /system/app/Superuser.apk

adb shell chmod 644 /system/app/Superuser.apk

echo Cleanup of the Stuff created while running

adb shell rm /data/local.prop

adb shell rm /data/local/tmp

adb shell mv /data/local/tmp.old /data/local/tmp

adb reboot cd .. pause echo Reboot and done ;) Have fun!

ROMs

there have been several official ROM's for the PadFone. The original ROM (Android 4.0.3) that was put on there at first release. On June 14th 2012 the firmware upgrade V9.18.8.41 was released OTA. On March 21th 2013 the firmware upgrade V10.2.1.9 (Android 4.1.1) was released OTA This firmware is downloadable from http://www.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/#download

As of June 30th 2012 there are no custom roms released for the PadFone.

On April 15th 2013, Asus releases Bootloader unlocker, this may to open road to alternative roms

Recovery

  • To recover your phone, go to the Asus PadFone download website: http://www.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/#download.
  • Hit Android as an operating system and unfold the firmware section.
  • Download the appropriate file and save it to your SD card.
  • Power off the phone
  • While holding vol - power it back up.
  • Select option 21 (Enter SD download mode) and hit power
  • Select apply update from external storage
  • select the firmware file that you downloaded and install it
  • When switching between firmwares it is a good idea to also select and execute "wipe data/factory reset"

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