The Asus PadFone found its way into the United States. You can now order the PadFone with Tablet-Dock Bundle for $860 bucks at Negri Electronics. Although the price seems to be a bit steep when taken as a whole, if you view the devices separately, it's fairly cost-effective, since you are getting a very good unlocked and no-contract smartphone that converts into a powerful 10-inch Asus tablet. The only real negative is that this price does not include the optional keyboard dock, nor the bluetooth stylus. Those will have to be purchased separately.
Just as a refresher, the specs on the phone (other than the mediocre battery, which becomes phenomenal or can be recharged when docked with the tablet) are pretty robust. Here's a recap of specs for the super-hybrid:
- Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich
- 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU
- 4.3-inch AMOLED display
- 16GB of expandable storage
- HSPA+ connectivity
- 1,520mAh battery
- 10-inch PadFone Station (tablet dock) - with 9x increase in battery life
What do you guys think of this amazing concept? In the U.S. you will be limited to using it on AT&T or TMo, but being contract free certainly seems appealing. Also, who knows how far Asus (or other manufacturers) might take this idea in the future. Qualcomm is working on chips with multi-band radios that will work with LTE and all the different carriers in the United States. Maybe we could see a future PadFone 2 that would work on Verizon...
Source: TransformerForums via Negri Electronics