Taiwanese computer hardware maker Asus announced on Tuesday (16 October 2012) that it would launch the PadFone 2 before the end of December 2012 in Europe and Asia.
Availability in countries outside the 19 mentioned in the announcement would be announced at a later date, Asus said.
Asked whether the device would make its way to South Africa, however, Asus SA told MyBroadband that at this point in time they will not be bringing in the PadFone 2.
The PadFone 2 is a smartphone with a dock that turns it into a tablet. Asus made no mention of a keyboard dock, a peripheral available with the Padfone 2’s predecessor and Asus’ line of Transformer tablets.
Featuring a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (8064 + 9215m) processor, 2GB RAM, and a 4.7-inch 720p (720×1280) Super IPS+ display, the Padfone 2 measures 137.9 x 69 x 9mm and weighs 135g with the battery installed.
Running version 4.0.4 of Android, also called “Ice Cream Sandwich”, the PadFone has a 2,140mAh battery. The PadFone Station that transforms the device into a tablet boasts a 5,000mAh battery.
PadFone Station weighs 514g and has a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280×800) IPS display. It also has a 1 megapixel (MP) front-facing camera.
The PadFone 2 on the other hand, has a 13MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera.
According to the device’s spec sheets, the PadFone 2 will come in 3 models with different sizes of flash storage, similar to the iPad: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.