TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus' Padfone 2 went on sale today at Carphone Warehouse, following its unveiling last October.
The Padfone 2's successor, the Asus Padfone Infinity may have been announced at Mobile World Congress, but it only today made its debut in the UK. That's courtesy of Carphone Warehouse, which has started taking orders for the tablet/smartphone hybrid device.
If you fancy opting for an all-in-one device rather than a seperate smartphone and tablet, the Asus Padfone 2 can be picked up for free on a 24 month £33 Vodafone contract, complete with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of monthly data. However, for a mere £3 extra per month you can get unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 2GB of data.
If you don't fancy signing up to a lengthy two year contract, Amazon has also started selling the Padfone 2 for £599 SIM-free.
If you still need some convincing, maybe the device's specifications will manage to win you over. The Asus Padfone 2 consists of a 4.7in HD-screened smartphone that docks into the rear of a 10.1in tablet. The phone's quad-core 1.6GHz processor powers the tablet screen, and both run the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system.
The Asus Padfone 2 also features a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2MP video calling camera, a 2,140mAh battery with an additional 5,000mAh battery in the tablet, LTE connectivity and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It appears that Carphone Warehouse is offering the 32GB model.
However, it might be worth holding off for a few months and waiting for the Asus Padfone Infinity, which features an upgraded 5in 1920x1080 screen and Google's Android Jelly Bean mobile operating system. µ
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