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Padfone 2 Announced: Official Price, Specs and Images

Authored by: Steven Blum — Oct 16, 2012

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?

Source: The Verge

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • MgNyiZawHtun Oct 16, 2012 Link to comment

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

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  • Baron Tankhe Oct 16, 2012 Link to comment

    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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  • Stefan E. Oct 16, 2012 Link to comment

    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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  • Zona Reload Oct 16, 2012 Link to comment

    sip..sip

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  • Patrick R. Oct 16, 2012 Link to comment

    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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  • Eric McBride Oct 16, 2012 Link to comment

    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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