Asus Padfone release date confirmed for April 20th, retailing for $980
posted by Victor H. / Apr 05, 2012, 6:53 AM
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.
- Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
- Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 1520 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)
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Great idea, poor execution. The Samsung Note comes in at $549 unlocked and should be a good benchmark for phone/tablets.
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 7:30 AM 1
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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 Apr 05, 2012, 7:41 AM 1
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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 Apr 05, 2012, 8:37 AM 1
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that's pretty steep but its understandable. Would be a lot easier to swallow if it was subsidized.
posted on Apr 05, 2012, 1:04 PM 0
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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 Apr 06, 2012, 7:22 PM 1
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Startuptunes has also a nice review on padfone. If you want you can gohttp://startuptunes.com/2012/0
4/15/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.
posted on Apr 16, 2012, 12:42 PM 1
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