Last month, when Asus announced its new PadFone 2, it said the device would become available before the end of the year in select European and Asian markets. And now, for the first time, we have a solid European launch date for the smartphone-tablet hybrid.
Inside-Handy reports that the PadFone 2 will be released in Germany on December 1. So we should expect it to debut in other countries across Europe at about the same time.
As previously reported, the PadFone 2 will be offered in 32GB and 64GB versions. The 32GB model costs €799, while the 64GB one is obviously more expensive: €899. In Germany, the device will be available both unlocked, and on contracts from E-Plus (the country’s third largest mobile carrier), for free on plans starting at €34 per month.
Specs-wise, the Asus PadFone 2 can sit next to any other high-end Android device out there. The smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch Super IPS+ HD display, LTE, NFC, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 1.2MP front-facing camera, and a 2,140 mAh battery. As for the tablet dock, this sports a 10.1 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels, and includes a 5,000 mAh battery. Android Ice Cream Sandwich currently runs the show, but an update to Jelly Bean will be available pretty soon.
Whether it will fail or not, the Asus PadFone 2 is certainly an interesting device – at least to those who need both a smartphone and a tablet for their everyday tasks.