Asus confirms PadFone 2 will launch in the UK
Hybrid smartphone/tablet on sale for £599 from March.
Asus has confirmed that its PadFone 2 hybrid device will be launched in the UK in March.
The device consists of a 4.7in Android Jelly Bean smartphone, which is then able to dock into a PadStation and become a full blown tablet.
In terms of specifications, the PadFone 2 is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM. It will be available with 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal memory and Asus will bundle in 50GB of cloud storage for two years.
The smartphone has a 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display and a 2140mAh battery which the firm claims will provide up to 16 hours of 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing.
Asus has also included a 13-megapixel rear camera – which includes the ability to record in 1080p and can capture six photos per second in burst mode.
When docked, the smartphone will power a larger 10.1in WXGA 1280 x 800, IPS display. The combined weight of the smartphone and tablet will be 649g.
The chassis has its own 5000mAh battery, which Asus claims gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. The battery pack in the dock is also able recharge the smartphone three times over.
Aside from long battery life, another major attractions of the device could be the sharing of mobile data. There is no need to have a separate SIM or data plan as the smartphone docks into the tablet to share resources. With the PadFone 2 also supporting LTE connectivity, users will be able to use high-speed mobile internet out-of-the-box.
In terms of pricing the PadFone 2 bundled with the PadStation will retail at £599 SIM-free. This is competitive and could work out cheaper for users who want to purchase a smartphone and a tablet. In comparison an iPhone 5 starts at £529 and a 9.7in iPad has a starting price of £399, bringing a total cost of iOS devices to £928.
Customers are able to pre-order online from Friday 1 March at Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis, Selfridges, Amazon.co.uk, Ebuyer.com, Scan.co.uk, Box.co.uk and laptopoutlet.co.uk.