Unlocked Asus Padfone now available in the US, goes for $860 with included Padfone Station

June 11, 2012
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    The Asus Padfone smartphone/tablet/netbook hybrid really caused a stir back at the MWC, where it was officially unveiled, and ever since February we’ve been asking ourselves if Asus’ innovative creation could really shake things up around the market.

    Just 24 hours after finding out that Asus is negotiating with several US carriers to bring a subsidized Padfone to the land of the free and home of the brave, we’re excited to let you know that the gadget is already up for sale in the United States.

    Unfortunately, we’re talking about a pretty expensive unlocked version of the Padfone, so you should think long and hard before deciding to purchase “one of the biggest shake ups to the world of mobile technology”, as our good friend and Editor-in-Chief, Darcy LaCouvee, called it a while back.

    Negri Electronics is the first US online store to sell the Asus “A Series Padfone” and the gadget’s current price is… drumrolls, please… $859.50. I know, that seems a lot to pay for any kind of Android-based device right now, but then again, the 860 bucks will get you both the 4.3-inch smartphone and the station that turns the phone in a 10.1-inch tablet.

    No word on how much time will take the Padfone to get from Negri’s warehouses to your doorstep, but we’re guessing you’re not looking at more than a couple of days of waiting. You should know that the “gray-market retailer” doesn’t offer the Bluetooth headset/stylus we loved so much in last month’s demo video. Also conspicuously missing is the keyboard dock, as it is missing any mention about the  the two accessories’s availability.

    As you might have guessed, the Padfone listed for $859.50 comes with only 16 GB of on-board memory. The 32 and 64 GB versions are also listed on Negri Electronics’ website, and go for “just” $959.50 and $1059.50 respectively. Those are indeed some hefty price tags, but it’s not like you weren’t warned to expect something like that.

    If you need a quick memory refresher on what to expect from the Asus Padfone, let’s say that the 4.3-inch smartphone runs Android 4.0, is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, features 1 GB of RAM and a 960 x 540 pixels resolution Super AMOLED display.

    By hooking up the phone to the Padfone station, you’ll get a fully functional 10.1-inch tablet. The device will work as a regular slate, but only with the smartphone connected, as it relies entirely on the handheld’s processor and RAM. On the other hand, the docking station does come with its own 6,600 mAh battery, which should be more than enough to keep the device running for an entire day.

    The Padfone hybrid is made complete by a keyboard dock, which increases functionality and battery life even further, while still relying on the phone’s hardware. We don’t know exactly how much will this accessory cost, but given our past experiences with such Asus products, we’re guessing around $150.

    Will you buy an unlocked Padfone from Negri Electronics or are you willing to wait for that likely AT&T version of the phone/tablet/laptop hybrid? Is $860 way too much to ask for a mid-range to high-end smartphone that can turn into a tablet? Let us know in the comments section!

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    Comments

    • JazzoRenee

      This isn’t expensive considering its a 2 in 1 device…. the Galaxy s3/iPhone/HTC phones are $599-649 by themselves. How much are Galaxy Tabs and the iPad etc??

      If this were available on Verizon, I would HIGHLY consider it over the Galaxy S3.

      This is innovation 4.0

      • http://twitter.com/ThePhillipBee Phillip Bee

        Cosign !! Verizon and with LTE and I take it over the S3 as well.

    • Alizaidism

      The price is too much compared to the smart phones and tabs already available in the market for much much lesser. Currently i am using samsung galaxy s 3 and galaxy tab both combined comes to a price tag of $ 500 unlocked.

      • techtek

        Alizaidism – I am not sure if I believe you – an S3 + galaxy tab (assuming 10.1) purchased unlocked for that price. What is your “legal” source of supply?

    • Terry Quick

      The ASUS Padfone is finally shipping in the UK too from http://www.mobi-city.co.uk if anyone is looking to purchase one.

    • Wpryor

      Already bought one from Tawain. with pen and keyboard. Getting ready to sell my TF201 Tablet. This thing works just as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/devraniashish Ashish Devrani

        does the keyboard dock and the accesories like bluetooth/stylus comes free or it has to be purchased?

    • nukeblitz

      This is the future folks. It runs a lightly skinned android – no more touchwiz or sense lag. No more dongles to get internet on my laptop, just use the cell internet. You get USB ports for flash drives and mice. And to top it all off, phone tablet and keyboard have MASSIVE extra batteries. You can charge the phone by putting it into the tablet. Incredible battery life. Runs dual core krait. Performance on par or better than one x, and s3…about the same price as a decent laptop for whole set

    • zuhair

      how can pay

    • Chizel

      Wondering what happened to this. Is the Padfone still coming to At&t?

    • indranil nag

      Not worth I bought Motorola Atix with dock for 700$. I will prefer to have tablet and phone separate.Too much hassel to put and open it from the dock.Better to buy a 3g/LTE tablet

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