We were expecting the ASUS Padfone to be pretty expensive and, it really is. We've now gotten official figures on how the tablet-smartphone combo will go for abroad, at least in Taiwan, and, to put it simply, it won't come cheap.
Well, it is one of the most-anticipated gadgets in recent years, and it has the goodies under its hood to justify its high asking price, which we'll get to in a bit. The ASUS Padfone sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that comes a pair of cameras (8-megapixel main, VGA secondary) as well as 16/32/64GB of storage, an HDMI port, wireless connectivity (via Wi-Fi, HSPA+ and Bluetooth) and 1GB of RAM. Not only that, the handset part has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 × 960 pixels.
In case you didn't know, you'll be docking the smartphone to the 10.1-inch tablet to enjoy the whole Padfone experience. The tablet portion itself improves overall battery life and offers a stylus (that doubles as a headset) to help with device navigation and operation.
The Padfone will be up for pre-order in Taiwan very soon and will hit stores there on April 20. Now, for the big question, for how much? The smartphone-only package (yep, you can buy the Padfone without the tablet) will cost NT$17,990 (about P26,000) while the handset+tablet set will go for NT$24,980 (about P36,000). If you're looking to buy the whole package with the keyboard add-on, you'll have to shell out NT$28,901 (about P41,800). Interestingly, in our recent poll on how the Padfone handset+tablet set will be priced when it arrives here, the P30,001 to P35,000 choice got the most number of votes. So close.
We know, the prices in Taiwan won't be the same here but still they give us a pretty good idea on how many pesos Pinoy geeks will have to burn once the Padfone becomes available on local store shelves. In the meantime, you could check out the gallery below for photos.