Asus Padfone is Going Up for Pre-order in Taiwan
After one year full of hype, finally Asus Padfone is ready for pre-order in Taiwan on Friday. The phone-tablet hybrid will launch in April 20, with availability in some European countries, Hong Kong and Singapore. Unfortunately, there’s no world on a US launch. The Asus Padfone can dock inside a 10.1” tablet and when undocked it works like a typical Android smartphone with its 4.3” display. The tablet with the Asus Padfone in it can be in turn docked into a keyboard. In essence, the whole configuration is a smartphone that turns into a tablet and then both turn into a laptop.
The Asus Padfone comes with a stylus that can also work as a Bluetooth headset. Silly as it may seem, you’ll appreciate it when you need to take a call while the phone is still docked inside the tablet.
The whole assembly will cost roughly $950; $610 for the phone, $240 for the tablet and $100 for the keyboard dock. It is necessary to point out that the price is unsubsidized and US carriers typically knock down the price of a mobile device by up to $400 for a 2-year contract.
It is still unclear how carriers will deploy Asus Padfone into its network, as they need to combine smartphone and tablet data plans. Wireless carriers in the US require subscribers to purchase an additional data plan for every device the use.
The Asus Padfone is adequately powerful with 1.5GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. It has an 8Mp shooter at the rear and VGA (0.3Mp) camera at the front. The 4.3” smartphone display has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and the 10.1” tablet display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.