Launched in October last year, the Asus PadFone 2 was the follow-up to a device which never really seemed to go on sale anywhere, having been repeatedly delayed and eventually being forced to live with a restricted release in a few countries. It was beginning to look like the PadFone 2 would suffer from the same problem, but thankfully, the unusual device has been released in the UK this past week.
The clue to the PadFone’s unique feature is in its name, as it’s both a capable smartphone and a tablet. The phone has a 4.7-inch, 720p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. It also connects to 3G and 4G networks, and there’s a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space.
As for the tablet, it has a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixel resolution screen, but is completely useless without the phone slotted into the rear, as it provides the processing power and Android 4.0 operating system. The tablet section does have a massive 5000mAh battery, which can keep the phone charged up while it’s operating the bigger screen. The whole thing works really well, and is perfect for anyone not wanting to pay for two cellular contracts, or buy two separate devices.
Carphone Warehouse has started advertising the PadFone 2 on a contract with Vodafone, where it’ll come free with a two-year, £33 per month contract. Any less than this per month, and you’ll be paying between £60 and £260 for the device. Alternatively, the PadFone 2 can be purchased unlocked through Amazon, where it costs £599 for the 32GB model. Not bad value considering how much a quad-core phone and 10-inch quad-core tablet would cost if you bought them separately.
Asus announced another PadFone device at Mobile World Congress. Named the PadFone Infinity, it has a 5-inch, 1080p screen and the new Snapdragon 600 processor. It’s said to go on sale in April.