ASUS launches PadFone 2 smartphone tablet hybrid with StarHub Singapore

The LTE-capable ASUS PadFone 2 is an Android 4 smartphone with a 4.7” display, with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, along with a 13MP camera. Slot it behind the docking Station and the combo becomes a 10.1” tablet.

Pre-orders begin tomorrow with deliveries on 22 November, either from StarHub or retailers. Prices range from S$848 (32GB phone) to S$1,239 (64GB phone + Station).

Update (11 January, 2013):

The Pearl White model will be available in Singapore from 12 January at the prices listed below.

ASUS will also be rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for PadFone 2 on the same day. The update will be made over the air, with users prompted to receive the Jelly Bean update.

The PadFone 2 has also just won the CES Innovations Award 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA during CES 2013.

ASUS PadFone 2 - hybrid smartphone/tablet for the best of both form factors.

ASUS PadFone 2 – hybrid smartphone/tablet for the best of both form factors.

In line with its tradition of innovation, the ASUS PadFone 2 offers the portability of a smartphone and the larger screen estate of a tablet when the phone is docked in.

RRP for Open Channels 32GB 64GB
PadFone 2 + PadFone 2 Station S$1,099 S$1,239
PadFone 2 S$848 S$988
PadFone 2 Station S$328

The Station only works with the phone docked in and serves to provide a larger screen and additional battery power.

ASUS PadFone 2 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore on 22 November.

ASUS PadFone 2 Android smartphone will be available in Singapore on 22 November.

The Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich can be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

Pre-order promotion

To pre-order, register your interest at the ASUS Singapore Facebook page or StarHub website.

Registered customers who purchase the device can receive a 2-in-1 Stylus Pen (worth S$28) and PadFone 2 Station Sleeve (worth S$68) for free.

This promotion is only valid from 16 to 20 November, while stocks last.

It runs on a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait (Cortex-A15 class) quad-core processor with Adreno 320 Graphics.

The PadFone 2 comes with either 32GB or 64GB eMMC Flash, 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, and 2years of 50GB ASUS WebStorage.

Available only in black, the phone accepts a Micro SIM and has a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) display at 312 ppi resolution, and 500 nits brightness Super IPS+.

ASUS PadFone 2
OS Android 4.0 (ICS)
Screen (phone) 4.7″ Super IPS+
Resolution (phone) 1280 x 720
Screen (Station) 10.1″ IPS
Resolution (Station) 1280 x 800
Battery (phone & Station) 2,140 & 5000 mAh
Processor 1.5 GHz quad-core
Features LTE, NFC, Micro SIM
Camera Rear: 13 MP
Front: 1.2, 1.3MP
Video 1080p HD
Memory RAM: 2 GB
Int: 32 or 64 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm (phone) 137.9 x 68.9 x 9
Weight (phone) 135 g
Size /mm (Station) 263 x 180.8 x 10.4
Weight (Station) 514 g
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The docking Station has a 10.1-inch IPS display (1280 x 800 pixels) at 149 ppi resolution.

Both displays use scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass with anti-fingerprint coating.

Imaging-wise, both share the massive 13-megapixel rear camera on the phone, while the phone and the Station has 1.2MP and 1MP front cameras respectively.

The f/2.4 aperture rear camera can shoot up to 100 shots at 6 fps in burst mode, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video.

The phone and the Station has 2140mAh and 5000mAh batteries respectively.

At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is lighter than most tablets in the market.

StarHub is the only Telco offering the PadFone 2, as was the case with the original PadFone.

Authorised retailers will also begin selling the devices (without line) at the time as StarHub, on 22 November.

This will allow existing subscribers of other Telcos to purchase the PadFone 2 at the same time as StarHub subscribers.

Both StarHub and ASUS are accepting pre-orders from tomorrow.

The launch event for the ASUS PadFone 2 in Singapore.

 

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