ASUS announces ASUS Padfone 2 and Padfone 2 Station

As expected, ASUS today unveiled the Padfone 2, the Android smartphone that transforms into a tablet with its optional Padfone 2 Station accessory. The event was held in both Milan, Italy and Taipei, Taiwan. The Padfone 2 smartphone itself boasts improved specifications, including a quad-core processor and LTE connectivity, over its predecessor while the dock has been completely redesigned.

ASUS Padfone 2ASUS Padfone 2 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.0.3
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE / HSPA+ / EDGE / GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS & GLONASS, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super IPS+
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB onboard and 50GB free ASUS Webstorage for 2 years
  • Rear-facing camera: 1.2MP
  • Front-facing camera: 13MP AF with f/2.4 aperture
  • Battery: 2,140mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 137.9 x 69 x 9 millimeters / 135 grams
  • Colours: Black, White

ASUS Padfone 2 StationASUS Padfone 2 Station specifications:

  • Display: 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: 1MP
  • Connectors: ASUS 13-pin dock connector
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Weight: 514 grams

The ASUS Padfone 2 will launch before the end of December in a number of European and Asian countries. No mention was made of a North American launch and it remains unclear if the Padfone 2 will ever launch here. It will sell for €799 (about CA$1030) for the 32GB model and €899 (about CA$1160) for the 64GB model with the Station included.

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