Asus Padfone 2 tablet PC hybrid goes on sale for £599

Ebuyer is selling the Asus Padfone 2 hybrid tablet for £599 (that’s around £200 less than its bigger brother, the Asus Padfone Infinity which was announced last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona).

The device is made up of a smartphone and a “station” that is essentially a dumb monitor into which the smartphone docks. Known as the “Padfone 2 Station”, it is a 10.1in display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel display with Corning Gorilla glass and a built-in battery.

As for the phone itself, it is slightly superior to first generation smartphones. It has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 4.7in 1,280 x 800 pixels display, a 13-mmegapixel camera that can take up to 100 photos in one go at 6FPS, SonicMaster audio technology and 50GB online cloud storage.

A notable feature is the battery life of the lot which stands at 16 hours and can be boosted to 32 hours thanks to the embarked battery on the docking station.

Check out our initial report over the launch of the Asus Padfone 2 in Taiwan and our article about the launch of the Asus Padfone Infinity in Barcelona last week.