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Asus PadFone 2 16GB finally lands for £579 with its tablet dock

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.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.