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Way back in October last year we first heard word that ASUS planned to bring the Padfone 2 to the UK in early 2013. It's now early 2013 and true to their word ASUS is indeed bringing the Padfone 2 to the UK on March 1 for £599.

For some it may seem an anti-climax given the recent unveiling of the Padfone Infinity at MWC. But, the Padfone 2 is still an impressive device packing a Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a HD Super IPS+ display. It isn't quite the powerhouse the new Padfone Infinity is, but the hardware specs are still impressive. And of course, the Padfone 2 will be around £200 cheaper than the Infinity. 

Both white and black versions will be available, and several big name retailers will be picking it up including Amazon and Carphone Warehouse. The full press release can be found after the break.

ASUS PadFone™ 2 launches in the UK

Quad-core Android smartphone with incredible battery life and a thinner, lighter

PadFone 2 Station deliver the ultimate in mobile flexibility

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (25th February, 2013) — ASUS, a global leader in the new digital era, today announces the UK launch of the PadFone™ 2. Building upon the successful PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet for incredible mobile flexibility, PadFone 2 consists of a higher-specification quad-core smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet.

PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7” Android™ smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1” tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimised on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between the two different screen sizes.

Enlarge and charge
ASUS’ world-renowned Design Thinking philosophy has significantly reduced PadFone 2 Station’s thickness and weight. At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market, and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require just one swift step to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase its screen size to 4.7”, while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm
at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.

Battery life is astounding, too. The higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station’s 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station’s internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.

A 1.5GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Proquad-core processor with 2GB of RAM ensures incredible PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7” 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning® Glass and delivers sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility. A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a blisteringly quick six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature superlative sound quality too, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award®.

Easy to share, easy to save
With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers endless possibilities for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is shared withPadFone 2 Station when the two are connected. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers super-fast web browsing and downloads.

User-friendly enhancements
PadFone 2 also features a new version of the SuperNote app and messaging app that instantly convert blocks of handwritten notes made in multiple languages into editable text. Its Instant Translation tool also translates any word, phrase or sentence in an email, web page or app at a touch, without the need for a third-party translation tool.

Availability & Pricing

The ASUS PadFone 2 bundled with the PadStation will be priced £599 inc VAT (SRP) and is available in two colours, black and white. Customers are able to pre-order online from Friday 1st March at Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis, Selfridges, Amazon.co.uk, Ebuyer.com, Scan.co.uk, Box.co.uk and laptopoutlet.co.uk

The PadFone 2 will also be available in-store late March from a range of retailers including Carphone Warehouse (selected stores), John Lewis (Oxford Street), Selfridges (London, Manchester and Bentalls Kingston), Scan Computers (Bolton) and Box.co.uk (Birmingham).

Please check with individual retailers for further information.

 
There are 7 comments

XavierMatt says:

Interesting. . .kinda. Really nice concept.

one80oneday says:

So the PadFone is a phablet that fits into a tablet. Is the FonePad a tablet phone that fits into a 70in HDTV?

Suntan says:

Jokes aside, what I'd really like to see is for ASUS to release a 7" tablet that slides into the back of a 14" chromebook-type device.

I'll never see a padfone type device be available on my US carrier, and I don't even know if I'd want it. But a small tablet that could also plug into a real content creation laptop form factor would be tits.

-Suntan

return_0 says:

Since when is 4.3" or 4.7" a phablet?

MarkSeven says:

4.7" is not a phablet..

Xopher says:

I've always liked the concept of a single device that could be used for phone calls, tablet capabilities, and even have the possibility of a keyboard attached. One main device with all of your files centrally located (instead of having to copy things between phone, tablet, and laptop). If only the concept would come to the USA.

MarkSeven says:

Will it have Jellybean at least?? (Don't know why I'm asking, I won't be getting one out here in the U.S.)..