UK retailer FlagshipFones announced the price for the Asus Padfone for those interested in pre-ordering it. If you thought that the Motorola Atrix along with its lapdock were expensive, the Padfone is here to shock you. With tax, the Asus Padfone will cost 700 GBP off contract.
The Asus Padfone is retailing for 583.32 GBP without VAT so once that comes into the fray, the device reaches the astronomical 699.98 GBP mark. Although prices do not transition directly, if this would stay unchanged in the US variant, the Padfone would cost roughly $1,096. What I mean by the transition part is that pricing is not changed from one currency to another.
This could mean that the Asus Padfone is likelier to cost around $900-$1000, which is still very expensive. However, for this amount you will get this:
- Asus Padfone – 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display at 540×960 pixels
- Tablet dock – 10.1-inch TFT display at 1280×800 pixels
- Qualcom Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of built-in storage
- microSD card slot for an additional 32GB
- 8 megapixel main camera and VGA front-facing shooter
- 1,520mAh battery
- 42Mbps HSPA+ radio, Wi-Fi, Blutooth 4.0, HDMI, A-GPS
The specifications look good on paper, yet I do not know if this is really worth over $1000. If Google is indeed planning to release a 7-inch tablet for under $200 you can get that one along with a quad-core smartphone. So where exactly would this be good?
Pricing is the largest issue, but then again, FlagshipFones might just try to monetize on people who cannot wait to get the device. If that is the case, my vote would be to wait a little bit longer.
Source – FlaghshipFones