ITProPortal was the first publication in the UK to announce the launch of the Asus Padfone 2 back in October 2012 when we reported from Taipei about the smartphone-cum-tablet device.
Now our good friends at DigitalRev are selling the 2-in-1 device, the Pad Station and the Padfone 2 itself, for £579 with free delivery and local warranty in the UK. Note though that it is a grey import and that the Padfone 2 has not been officially announced over here.
What do you get for that amount? Well, a very familiar specification. 4.7in 1,280 x 720 display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.5GHz with Adreno 320 graphics, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sounds like the Google Nexus 4 to me.
However, the Padfone 2 wins the day against its £279 opponent with LTE connectivity, a microSD card slot, a 13-megapixel camera and that tablet docking station. It also sports a 16 hours talk time thanks to a 2,140mAh battery on the phone.
The Pad Station – which transforms into a tablet once the phone is docked - has a 10.1in 1,280 x 800 display, a 5,000mAh battery and altogether both weigh a mere 659g.
Now a valid argument would be to get two different devices like the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 7 for less than £400; this pair will suit customers looking for something cheaper, less integrated and with some compromises.