Asus Launches The Padfone 2

Asus has just announced the new Padfone — the Padfone 2 — in Taipei, Taiwan and from the looks of things, it's everything we loved about the original Padfone with the issues ironed out. The most disappointing thing is that we're probably not going to see it in Australia anytime soon.

The new Padfone 2 builds on the old Padfone by adding a quad-core processor, a whopping 13-megapixel camera, a bigger, brighter 4.7-inch 720p Super IPS+ display and LTE support.

The Padfone Docking Station is also much slimmer than the last one, and from the looks of things, the handset docks vertically rather than in a horizontal flap like the last device.

According to Engadget, the Padfone 2 will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but a 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update is already in the works.

Asus have told us though that there is currently no local launch information for Australia, so if you want one of these bad boys, you'll likely be importing it.

Former Gizmodo Australia editor and all-round nice guy, Alex Kidman, is in Taiwan for the launch, and he's reporting that the Padfone 2 will set you back around $860 for the 32GB model and roughly $930 for the 64GB.

That makes it about as expensive as the company's other flagship tablet, the Transformer Infinity. The main difference with the Padfone 2 is that you'll be getting a phone and a tablet for the one price.

We'll bring you more on the Padfone as we get it.


Comments

    Why no Australia release date?!?!?

      Asus won't give us one.

        Sorry wasn't really attacking you there, just Asus. Man this phone looks good, I do hope it comes to Australia before christmas

    When I first saw it, I thought it was cool as heck.

    Now days, I look at it and think that all of the cool communication stuff it does can be solved by near field handshaking (wifi, Bluetooth or NFC) and transferring data from one to the other.

    Also, can the tablet part be used without the phone plugged in? So if your tablet (in my situation) is nothing but a glorified couch computer will my girlfriend not be able to use it until I come home?

      No. The whole point of this device is that the phone powers everything to save from having to set up 2 devices (3 if you get the keyboard dock and use it as a sort of ultrabook as well). If you want a tablet and a phone, buy both....

        Obviously not for me then. Being able to plug everything together just for battery reasons isn't something I'm that keen on.

        Whatever happened to the stylus phone? That was kinda neat.

          Get a Galaxy Note then. 5in screen with stylus.

            I got a galaxy note because i got sick of waiting for the padfone. Having used the note now i realise how aweome the padfone would be with a sylus.

    1800MHz LTE compatible I hoping, even though it won't be released in Australia.

    Is it true that there isn't a keyboard dock for this 1?

    I know this is counterintuitive...but seeing as I already own a tablet, is it possible to just get the phone by itself?? It seems nice enough as a standalone phone!!

    Is there a keyboard dock and stylus for this one?

    I hope it gets to Australia, my current plan runs out soon.

    Last edited 17/10/12 1:37 pm

    It's got the word "pad" in it, I can feel a lawsuit from Apple coming on.

    http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/439675/asus_padfone_2_won_t_get_aussie_release_until_2013/

    I guess we all have to wait...

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