Asus’s mad phone/tablet hybrid, the Asus Padfone 2, has been confirmed for a 1 March UK release, with pre-orders opening at £599.
The second generation of the tablet-docking smartphone was first announced back in October, and will be the first Padfone device to hit UK stores.
The Padfone 2 is comprised of two parts, a 4.7 inch smartphone and a 10.1 inch tablet dock.
The smartphone portion has a 550 nit 720p screen with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the operating system in use, while the phone also houses 32GB of storage space and a 13MP rear camera.
The Padfone Station tablet dock turns the smartphone into a makeshift battery. Pop the smartphone in the slot on the Station’s rear and it fires up a 10.1-inch 1280×800 screen, as well as offering a further 3x as much battery life. When docked together the pair weigh 649g – a little bit on the weighty side for a standalone tablet, but perfectly portable all the same.
Definitely one to check out if you don’t fancy having to carry around two separate devices with you at all times.
By Gerald Lynch | February 25th, 2013