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Asus Padfone release date confirmed for April 20th, retailing for $980

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Asus Padfone release date confirmed for April 20th, retailing for $980
The Asus Padfone, the phone that plugs into a tablet chassis, will go up for pre-order tomorrow in Taiwan and hit shelves on April 20th for $980 off contract, according to Engadget’s sources.

The Asus Padfone alone without the tablet will set you back around $610 (NT$17,990), while the whole set including the phone, the tablet and the Bluetooth combination of a headset and stylus, will retail for nearly $850 (NT$24,980).

And if you want the whole mobile experience with the addition of a keyboard dock, it will cost some $980 (NT$28,901).

If you’re among the brave first ones to hit the pre-order button, Asus will award you with an extra battery. In either case, you’d do good to first check out our Asus Padfone hands-on - that won’t cost you a dime.

source: Engadget

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posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:30 1

1. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Great idea, poor execution.

The Samsung Note comes in at $549 unlocked and should be a good benchmark for phone/tablets.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:41 1

2. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

The Note has a crappy S3 so it is underpowered. My girlfriend's mom has one and it is a jitterbug.

If this comes to Sprint with LTE then I will but it day one.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:46 4

3. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

The international version has an exynos clocked @ 1.4Ghz.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 07:54 1

4. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Every-one should wait for the
A15 5250 EXYNOS 2.0GHZ.....

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 08:37 1

5. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

While I appreciate the modularity of the PadFone (having designed something similar myself years ago), the price seems a tad steep. Granted, one would be hard pressed to get a good tablet and keyboard (Transformer Prime with keyboard is like $650 i think?) and an unlocked no-contract smartphone for under $1000, but there should be an incentive to get these into customer's hands, and price is a great way of doing that

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:36 1

8. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

I personally find a $700-$800 price tag to be more reasonable.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 12:34

6. jhattara (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

If the price converts to euros like the other phones currently in the market, I'll get this one the moment it hits my operators store latest.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 13:04

7. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

that's pretty steep but its understandable. Would be a lot easier to swallow if it was subsidized.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 15:24

10. jhattara (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

The cost for nothing but the phone will be apparently lower than that of e.g. Galaxy Nexus. And there's nothing in the article that would say it wouldn't be subsidized.

posted on 05 Apr 2012, 14:49

9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

At first I thought it was a pad and a phone... Then I realized it's pretty much a phone with an adaptable monitor... $1,000 is not really worth it... $700 - $800 would sound about right.

posted on 06 Apr 2012, 19:22 1

11. IneffableCause (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

The iPhone 4S ranges from $650 to $850 off contract (or did at launch at least). So $610 off contract isn't that bad, as long as at least one carrier picks it up with a reasonable contract price. If Sprint were to announce this soon I would definitely buy it on day one. If Verizon or AT&T announced it soon I'd still be considering it heavily. (I need to get a knew phone soon, so timeliness is a bit of a factor for me this time around.)

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 12:42 1

12. bayezid (Posts: 6; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)

Startuptunes has also a nice review on padfone. If you want you can gohttp://startuptunes.com/2012/04/15/asus-padfone-is-it-a-phone-is-it-a-tablet-or-is-it-a-laptop/ and you can get a comparison the performances and features.

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