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Asus Padfone hybrid device lands in the UK for… £690

We saw it first in the flesh back in June 2011 during Computex in Taiwan. Now Expansys is selling the Asus Padfone smartphone, plus its tablet and the QWERTY docking station that goes with it, for a staggering £690 although some might argue that you get two (or even three) devices.

The phone itself runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip, the dual-core MSM8260A, which is clocked at 1.5GHz. It has 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and a 4.3in Suer AMOLED display that has a 960 x 540 resolution.

Other features include a weight of 129g, a 9.2mm thickness, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front facing one, full HD recording capabilities, a 1,520mAh battery and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Plug it in the Padfone Station to convert it into a tablet with a 10.1in display and the ability to increase the battery life five-fold as the phone’s battery gets charged while docked to the tablet.

Plus you can even add a keyboard to convert it into a fully-fledged ultra-portable, Android-based laptop complete with a few additional ports and a touchpad. Note though that you will not be able to use them separately.

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