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Padfone 2 Announced: Official Price, Specs and Images

Steven Blum
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The tablet that eats phones is back for a second helping!

Today, ASUS has officially taken the wrapper off their new Padfone 2 tablet. It's a slightly thinner device with a larger, more pixel-rich display, a more advanced camera, and – perhaps most notably – a new phone docking system. Instead of disappearing into a slot on the tablets' backside, the Padfone 2's smartphone slides into a back panel. It's less dramatic, but also easier, way to create a combi phone-tablet.

Getting into the specifics, this tablet features a 1280x720p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and Android 4.0.4. Battery life won't be a problem, as the phone has a 2140 mAh battery and the tablet has a 5000 mAh battery. 

The Padfone 2 will be launching before the end of 2012 in Europe and Asia. Other countries will be announced at a later date. Prices are about the same this time around around – $650 without contract for the phone, $200 for the tablet docking station, for a total of $850. 

When the first ASUS Padfone was announced, we were super intrigued. This is still a very interesting device, and could appeal to a select niche of consumers who don't want to buy a separate tablet AND smartphone, and would rather have both in one device. 

Would you buy a Padfone 2?

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  • Eric McBride Oct 16, 2012 Link

    It really looks a hell of a lot better than the original I must say..even the phone looks pretty sexy. But the price is still too high, especially considering they are trying to sell a phone at Galaxy S3 or One X prices. If it would hit the EU for 700 Euros, this COULD be an option for some...

    I am impressed..really...but 800 some dollars/euros for what is essentially one device that can sort of be used as 2 running ICS is a bit too much. That being said, its a lot more tempting than the last one. Would like to see more photos.

    UPDATE:

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/16/asus-padfone-2-lte-taiwan/

    No keyboard for the Padfone 2? Epic..freaking...FAIL.
    Thats really a shame, as the video on Engadget really impressed the hell out of me.

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  • Patrick R. Oct 16, 2012 Link

    Well my concern is the tablet part wont work without the phone slotted in. This is gonna be an issue for me because i share my home tablet time with my 5 year old niece. So when she runs off with her uncle's "big phone" she'll be running off with the "little phone" as well. Good concept though and I don't see the "not a tablet without the phone issue" affecting anyone else.

    Also, does it come with a stylus and keyboard? And when will the Padfone 3 be announced?

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  • Zona Reload Oct 16, 2012 Link

    sip..sip

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  • Stefan E. Oct 16, 2012 Link

    There are some REALLY good points on the list: chipset, screen, battery, design, weight, thinness, handling.

    But then it starts to hit you in the face: no sd card, low resolution tablet, no keyboard. I could have lived without the sd card, even without the keyboard, but the tablet resolution does not match the rest of the specs. With 1920 * 1200 and this price, it would have been fine - premium for sure, but fine. At aged 1280 * 800 it is off the list for me.

    NEXT! Nexus 10 maybe?

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  • Baron Tankhe Oct 16, 2012 Link

    I like it but it looks like I'm going to order outside of europe.
    Asus learned from Apple $ == €
    So I'll order from somewhere else.

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  • MgNyiZawHtun Oct 16, 2012 Link

    that's good new for us but sutiable for our country or not.

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samsung 4.2 update last night