The official unveiling of the Asus PadFone 2 has put us in a celebratory mood here. And there’s more reason for you to share our excitement. If details of the hybrid device’s expected global release and pricing were still missing earlier, we’re now ready to fill in the blanks.
While the PadFone 2 and its tablet add-on are expected to hit retail stores in its home country this week, it’s going to take a while for the device to travel to other regions, but it won’t be as long of a wait like the original one.
For our European readers, Asus has announced that the PadFone 2 will be coming before the end of the year to Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden. And as for our friends of the Asian origin, specifically those in Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and UAE, expect the PadFone 2 to greet you before the end of December as well.
Unfortunately, the U.S. launch date for the multi-purpose device hasn’t been mentioned. Asus promises that the release date for the U.S. market and other countries will be announced “at a later date”.
According to Engadget, the bundled 32GB model (PadFone 2 plus the PadFone Station) will go for €799 (or roughly $1,040) in Europe, while the bundled 64GB model will be priced at €799 ($1,170). Does this sound like a good price for the combo?
Live Life Intuitively with ASUS PadFone™ 2
Quad-core smartphone with incredible battery life and a thinner, lighter PadFone 2 Station deliver the ultimate mobile flexibility.
Milan, Italy (October 16, 2012) - ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces the PadFone™ 2. Building upon the successful PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet for incredible mobile flexibility, PadFone 2 consists of a higher-specification quad-core smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet.
ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveiled PadFone 2 in front of the world’s media at a press conference in Milan, Italy. “Our relentless drive to innovate through Design Thinking has empowered us to create PadFone 2. It’s beautiful, it’s fast, it’s seamless and, best of all, it’s intuitive,” said Mr. Shih.
PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7″ Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1″ tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.
Enlarge and Charge
ASUS’ world-renowned Design Thinking philosophy has significantly reduced PadFone 2 Station’s thickness and weight. At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market, and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require just one swift step to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase its screen size to 4.7″, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.
Battery life is astounding, too. The higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station’s 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station’s internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.
Super Phone, Super Performance
A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM ensures incredible PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7″ 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning® Fit Glass and delivers sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility.
A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a blisteringly quick six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature superlative sound quality too, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®.
Easy to Share, Easy to Save
With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers endless possibilities for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is used by PadFone 2 Station when the two are connected. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers super-fast web browsing and downloads.
PadFone 2 also features a new version of the SuperNote app that instantly converts handwritten notes made in multiple languages into editable text. Its Instant Translation tool also translates any word, phrase or sentence in an email, web page or app at a touch, without the need for a third-party translation tool.
PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.
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That’s a NO!
is it some typo on the price?
Asus just make a phone! Stop with the combos please.
Agreed. But you can buy just the phone. And the phone is the real winner here. Eagerly awaiting some real life benchmarks. Heart me some Asus.
this device is innovative but price too high >_< , with that price i can get high end smart phone (galaxy s3) and another 10inch tablet. and will still save money.
On contract? These are sim-free prices.
New unlocked s3 cost around $550 and note 10.1 cost similar as well.
Damn. Phones are really cheap over there.
If that is American dollars, then hell to the no!
Well the thing is that this is without contract. I don’t really see it as more expensive. It’s a lot cheaper than what I bought my Sgs2 and tab combined.
From GSMARENA: “When you see a tablet teardown, usually you see smartphone components (same chipsets, same wireless radios and so on), attached to a big screen and battery. So, do you really need to pay for the same things twice if you want both a phone and a tablet?” and they absolutely right.
Why does the US always have to wait for the cool new technology? Does it really take that much longer to negotiate with US domestic carriers on how to best exploit the the american pocketbook? Also, I would have preferred they kept the keyboard dock option.
It would be nice if it can be bought in Hong Kong (Airport?), as unfortunately I cannot buy it in The Netherlands. Pity that the TaiChi i 21will not be Android (or the Padfone 2 not be Windows 8).
These prices are with no contract. Look at any new phone on the market and you will see extremely high prices. Then you add a phone contract to it and it drops dramatically. One thing I don’t like about this combo is the hinged keyboard being removed from the design of the first pad phone. The second thing i don’t like is the lack of a micro sd card on the pad or the phone. If they added one to each you could end up with a tablet with tons of storage space for those that are willing to purchase the cards. The cameras could have been upgraded better as well and from what i have seen the crew at asus is slow on releasing the android upgrades for this product. A few tweaks and it would be the best thing out there. That is if the contract price for the package is not over the moon.