Oct 16 AT 9:14 AM Taylor Wimberly 47 Comments

ASUS unveils Padfone 2, no US availability announced

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Today ASUS announced the new Padfone 2, but just like the first device, it does not appear to be coming to the United States. The unique product once again combines a smartphone and a tablet, this time with a faster quad-core chip, LTE-equipped smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet.

ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih said, “Our relentless drive to innovate through our ‘Design Thinking’ philosophy has empowered us to create PadFone 2. It’s beautiful, it’s fast and, best of all, it’s intuitive.”

The PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.

Highlights of the Padfone 2 smartphone include:

  • Android 4.0 (upgradeable to Android 4.1)
  • 4.7 inch 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage, 2GB of RAM
  • 13 megapixel high-performance camera, 1.2 megapixel front camera
  • ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves
  • 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE
  • NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2140 mAh battery
  • Weight: 135g

Highlights of the Padfone 2 tablet station include:

  • 10.1 inch 1280×800 display
  •  5000 mAh battery
  • ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves
  • Weight: 649g

Overall, it looks like the Padfone 2 could have about every spec an Android nerd could hope for. It’s unfortunate that the device will launch with Android 4.0, but ASUS should be providing an upgrade soon. We should also note that there was no mention of a keyboard dock for the tablet station.

ASUS has already uploaded the entire launch event video, along with a trio of product demos. Check out the clips below and let us know what you think of the latest creation from ASUS. Would you buy the Padfone 2 if it comes to the US?

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Via: ASUS News

Source: ASUS Padfone 2

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  • anon

    It’s Intuitive!

  • Vance

    I wonder if the omission of a keyboard dock is an indication that it won’t have one, or that it works with the existing Prime dock.. does it make me an ugly American if I thinks it’s bull shit they get this in Estonia before I do??

    • ionorov

      Its probably because Estonia doesn’t have evil carriers who insist on chopping up/modifying phones (from their original maker’s designs).

      Carrier: You want us to sell the Padfone? Make it into a triangle so it looks unique to us!
      Asus: But then it wont fit into our dock?!
      Carrier: Then make a triangle dock!
      Asus: ….

    • Holland

      That’s EXACTLY what I thought when I saw Estonia.. In fact had I not been a a curious person a few months back I wouldn’t even know what Estonia was xD. Oh well, Cheers to them.

    • DrZenith

      It really does make you exactly that. Why would you assume you deserve everything before anywhere else? America isn’t as special as you believe it is.

  • DM

    You want me to put it where?

  • redraider133

    Come on Asus this could be a huge seller in the US.

    • Christian

      At $1000? Not a chance.

      • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

        You could subsidize the phone making it 200$ on contract, with the additional tablet purchasable for say 250$-300$ or so. The carriers get you into a two year device, and since it’s “free” to hotspot, it makes it a nice thing to make you use up more data. Plus they could charge you insurance on both devices letting the carriers pad their pockets.

        • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

          With that, you’ve just described everything wrong with the US carrier market.

  • Ardrid

    Not gonna lie, I’m really liking the design of this device. Wouldn’t mind if ASUS got a stab at making a Nexus.

    • kazahani

      ^This! THIS THIS THIS!

    • http://ArtisticAbode.com BetterWithRoot

      Man, if Asus got a stab at making a Nexus device they would kill it.

    • ionorov

      Yeah, I’m loving that spun metal finish. It’s a unique look and that tapered bottom edge… whoa.

      Wow, a PC maker showing Android phone makers* how its done. Whodathunk.

      *excluding Sony and the much improved HTC

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      They did… it was called the Nexus 7. But I agree! I want an Asus Nexus *phone*.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I want! This would rock if I could buy it here in the US and it supported T-Mobile frequencies.

    • kazahani

      U.S. wireless carriers really are the problem here. They all insist on being intimately involved with the devices, and they want endless customization and tweaks to the design and software, that a lot of companies simply don’t bring their devices to market here. We have ZERO products in the United States right now that compare to this either in specs or functionality,and yet we aren’t going to get this till much later than the rest of the world, if at all.

      Get out of the way already I want my PadFone!

      • ionorov

        But if your product gets big enough, then the tables are turned (iPhones, Galaxy S3).

        This is probably why Nokia tried to ignore you Americans. They probably couldn’t stand the carriers’ bullshit.

        Sucks for the smaller Android makers though.

  • kazahani

    Forget the pad, I just want that phone!

  • uknowme

    What a tease!

  • rashad360

    F*** LG, this should be the next Nexus phone!

    • ionorov

      Beauty of Android… when others fall flat, there’s usually someone who picks up the slack.

      In any case, Asus generally sticks to stock android. Plus they’re really fast with updates. So this may as well be the next Nexus :D (excepting the initial lack of JB)

  • kazahani

    This has everything I want out of my next phone.

    -Iconic design. Nothing else looks like this. Superb job designing this hardware.
    -Cutting edge specs. Quad core a15 and more RAM than my laptop. WTF???
    -HD IPS+ Display. Only display tech I’ve never used as a daily driver. Want to see for myself.
    -13 Hrs talk time??? Really???
    -A bunch of other stuff.

    I’m excited! Now I just hope that it’s intuitive. That would really suck if it weren’t.

    • ionorov

      Also, add the fact that YOU SAVE TONS OF MONEY by not having to buy a separate data plan.

  • TBHD

    Tbh. The tablet resolution could’ve been better.

  • Dr.Carpy

    PadFone 2 = Game Changer! This should be a Nexus device as others have mentioned. No need to tether anymore. That would be pretty awesome. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this beast!

  • john in brisbane

    I think it’s time to move away from using milliamp hours as the battery measure. The only true measure is Milli watt hours, which don’t vary depending on the voltage. Watt-hours measure how much actual energy is stored so you can compare any two batteries, whatever their voltage. Btw, Watts = amps x volts.

  • 215dlm@gmail.com

    Wake Google, this should be the Nexus package next time around: Nexus phone with a 7 inch and 10 inch docking system. BOOM!

  • heeros

    This looks like an awesome phone, but the screen resolution of the tablet portion makes me LOL. Really, they add a screen about twice the size of the phone, but only up the resolution by 80 rows? that’s laughable.

    • ionorov

      Yeah… my geek heart is in love with this. My android soul is screaming at me to buy it.

      But my eyes… my eyes will kill me whenever I use that tablet screen.

      Sigh.

  • acey_zero

    Wow, more expensive, loses SD and removable battery… This is not the way I was hoping they were going to go with this. I am pretty disappointed…

  • chris

    Really wish this was a nexus. ASUS definitely came through on the design of this device, IMO it is the best looking android device yet. This is the only device that might sway me from a nexus. Google…Please let ASUS make a nexus padphone.

    • Ardrid

      Agreed. This is probably the only phone, save maybe the HTC One X+, that would sway me away from the Nexus. Hell, this phone is easily import worthy for me. Definitely on my short list…

  • vitriolix

    Great looking, amazing specs… but without the keyboard doc I’m not interested :(

  • ionorov

    Why only 720p recording though? Am I missing something here? My 1 year old GS2 could record 1080 videos. *scratches head*

    • ionorov

      Oh, I’m dumb… its 720p at *60* fps.

      It should be able to do 1080p at *30* fps.

  • mkstvns

    Still keen to see the LG Nexus in the flesh, but on looks alone, this is my new favourite Android handset. What a handsome little bastard. Love the tapered profile!

  • Bryan Stoner

    @u@ This phone is on the top of my list. High end specs with everything thought out to perfection. The contour on the bottom of the phone is pretty neat too.

  • dVyper

    This genuinely looks like a brilliant device. If it were made by HTC or Samsung (who I trust more as mobile device makers) and was available in the UK I’d seriously consider buying it.

  • skyflakes

    This is how Padfone 1 should have looked like! Good job Asus for getting it the second time.

  • peterhungerford

    Would I buy one? Definitely! No question! I almost bought the PF 1st generation.
    I’m from the us though… I understand that the unlocked PF1 would have worked in the us with my sim card… Will the PF2 work here too? I hope so.
    Thanks for input on my question.

  • gx3

    I like to see these as a Nexus device with combo price of $500.00 to $600.00.

  • atmyside99

    Google should sell this (as a nexus), $399 for the phone, and $399 for the tab, WITH 1080p res on the tablet.

  • dejay

    ASUS YOU NEED TO START WORKING ON GETTING THE PADFONE 2 INTO THE US !!!! THIS IS CRAP THAT MORE PEOPLE AREN’T PISSED THAT WE DON’T GET THIS AMAZING DEVICE!!

  • Devin Gill

    Would a Verizon Sim card work in an unlocked padfone or padfone 2?

  1. anonGuest 3 years ago

    It’s Intuitive!

  2. I wonder if the omission of a keyboard dock is an indication that it won’t have one, or that it works with the existing Prime dock.. does it make me an ugly American if I thinks it’s bull shit they get this in Estonia before I do??

    • Its probably because Estonia doesn’t have evil carriers who insist on chopping up/modifying phones (from their original maker’s designs).

      Carrier: You want us to sell the Padfone? Make it into a triangle so it looks unique to us!
      Asus: But then it wont fit into our dock?!
      Carrier: Then make a triangle dock!
      Asus: ….

    • HollandGuest 3 years ago

      That’s EXACTLY what I thought when I saw Estonia.. In fact had I not been a a curious person a few months back I wouldn’t even know what Estonia was xD. Oh well, Cheers to them.

    • DrZenithGuest 3 years ago

      It really does make you exactly that. Why would you assume you deserve everything before anywhere else? America isn’t as special as you believe it is.

  3. DMGuest 3 years ago

    You want me to put it where?

  4. Come on Asus this could be a huge seller in the US.

    • ChristianGuest 3 years ago

      At $1000? Not a chance.

      • You could subsidize the phone making it 200$ on contract, with the additional tablet purchasable for say 250$-300$ or so. The carriers get you into a two year device, and since it’s “free” to hotspot, it makes it a nice thing to make you use up more data. Plus they could charge you insurance on both devices letting the carriers pad their pockets.

  5. Not gonna lie, I’m really liking the design of this device. Wouldn’t mind if ASUS got a stab at making a Nexus.

  6. I want! This would rock if I could buy it here in the US and it supported T-Mobile frequencies.

    • U.S. wireless carriers really are the problem here. They all insist on being intimately involved with the devices, and they want endless customization and tweaks to the design and software, that a lot of companies simply don’t bring their devices to market here. We have ZERO products in the United States right now that compare to this either in specs or functionality,and yet we aren’t going to get this till much later than the rest of the world, if at all.

      Get out of the way already I want my PadFone!

      • But if your product gets big enough, then the tables are turned (iPhones, Galaxy S3).

        This is probably why Nokia tried to ignore you Americans. They probably couldn’t stand the carriers’ bullshit.

        Sucks for the smaller Android makers though.

  7. Forget the pad, I just want that phone!

  8. F*** LG, this should be the next Nexus phone!

    • Beauty of Android… when others fall flat, there’s usually someone who picks up the slack.

      In any case, Asus generally sticks to stock android. Plus they’re really fast with updates. So this may as well be the next Nexus :D (excepting the initial lack of JB)

  9. This has everything I want out of my next phone.

    -Iconic design. Nothing else looks like this. Superb job designing this hardware.
    -Cutting edge specs. Quad core a15 and more RAM than my laptop. WTF???
    -HD IPS+ Display. Only display tech I’ve never used as a daily driver. Want to see for myself.
    -13 Hrs talk time??? Really???
    -A bunch of other stuff.

    I’m excited! Now I just hope that it’s intuitive. That would really suck if it weren’t.

  10. TBHDGuest 3 years ago

    Tbh. The tablet resolution could’ve been better.

  11. PadFone 2 = Game Changer! This should be a Nexus device as others have mentioned. No need to tether anymore. That would be pretty awesome. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this beast!

  12. john in brisbaneGuest 3 years ago

    I think it’s time to move away from using milliamp hours as the battery measure. The only true measure is Milli watt hours, which don’t vary depending on the voltage. Watt-hours measure how much actual energy is stored so you can compare any two batteries, whatever their voltage. Btw, Watts = amps x volts.

  13. 215dlm@gmail.comGuest 3 years ago

    Wake Google, this should be the Nexus package next time around: Nexus phone with a 7 inch and 10 inch docking system. BOOM!

  14. This looks like an awesome phone, but the screen resolution of the tablet portion makes me LOL. Really, they add a screen about twice the size of the phone, but only up the resolution by 80 rows? that’s laughable.

    • Yeah… my geek heart is in love with this. My android soul is screaming at me to buy it.

      But my eyes… my eyes will kill me whenever I use that tablet screen.

      Sigh.

  15. Wow, more expensive, loses SD and removable battery… This is not the way I was hoping they were going to go with this. I am pretty disappointed…

  16. chrisGuest 3 years ago

    Really wish this was a nexus. ASUS definitely came through on the design of this device, IMO it is the best looking android device yet. This is the only device that might sway me from a nexus. Google…Please let ASUS make a nexus padphone.

    • Agreed. This is probably the only phone, save maybe the HTC One X+, that would sway me away from the Nexus. Hell, this phone is easily import worthy for me. Definitely on my short list…

  17. Great looking, amazing specs… but without the keyboard doc I’m not interested :(

  18. Why only 720p recording though? Am I missing something here? My 1 year old GS2 could record 1080 videos. *scratches head*

  19. Still keen to see the LG Nexus in the flesh, but on looks alone, this is my new favourite Android handset. What a handsome little bastard. Love the tapered profile!

  20. @u@ This phone is on the top of my list. High end specs with everything thought out to perfection. The contour on the bottom of the phone is pretty neat too.

  21. This genuinely looks like a brilliant device. If it were made by HTC or Samsung (who I trust more as mobile device makers) and was available in the UK I’d seriously consider buying it.

  22. This is how Padfone 1 should have looked like! Good job Asus for getting it the second time.

  23. peterhungerfordGuest 3 years ago

    Would I buy one? Definitely! No question! I almost bought the PF 1st generation.
    I’m from the us though… I understand that the unlocked PF1 would have worked in the us with my sim card… Will the PF2 work here too? I hope so.
    Thanks for input on my question.

  24. gx3Guest 3 years ago

    I like to see these as a Nexus device with combo price of $500.00 to $600.00.

  25. Google should sell this (as a nexus), $399 for the phone, and $399 for the tab, WITH 1080p res on the tablet.

  26. ASUS YOU NEED TO START WORKING ON GETTING THE PADFONE 2 INTO THE US !!!! THIS IS CRAP THAT MORE PEOPLE AREN’T PISSED THAT WE DON’T GET THIS AMAZING DEVICE!!

  27. Devin GillGuest 2 years ago

    Would a Verizon Sim card work in an unlocked padfone or padfone 2?