When Asus launched the original PadFone at Computex back in 2011, it was the only smartphone-cum-tablet on the market and to date, remains the only design with such an extravagance with the PadFone 2, which was launched last year, improving on the initial design.
Saveonlaptops sells the white version of the Asus PadFone 2 combo for £550, which is quite dear given that you can get a quad-cpre smartphone (for example the LG Optimus 4X HD) for as little as £225 and a fairly decent 10.1in tablet for around £200.
Asus will argue that the PadFone 2, not only offers a better camera (13-megapixel with a f/2.4 aperture), more RAM (2GB) and a more powerful CPU than the Optimus 4X HD (a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz), but also that the level of integration offered is simply unmatched.
Put it this way, the smartphone becomes a table when attached to its 10.1in tablet docking station. You can make calls and you can use the tablet to recharge the PadFone 2 smartphone as well. Check out our review of the Asus PadFone 2 smartphone/tablet.