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

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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  • 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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12 Comments

1. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

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

2. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

3. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

The international version has an exynos clocked @ 1.4Ghz.

4. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

5. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

8. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

6. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

10. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

9. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

11. IneffableCause

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 06, 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.)

12. bayezid

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 16, 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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