Asus confirms European prices for PadFone and new Transformers

Asus confirms European prices for PadFone and new TransformersAsus has donned its best suit and popped along to Milan Design Week 2012 to reveal the pricing for a host of new goodies.

European prices – and Italian release dates – for the Asus PadFone, Transformer Pad Infinity 700 and Transformer Pad 300 have all been confirmed.

You might remember the Asus PadFone price was previously rumoured at £699.98, courtesy of an online retailer. Well, turns out it wasn’t far off. Sort of. If you include the keyboard dock.

The Asus PadFone will hit Italy at the end of May, priced €699. That’s £575ish to us. The keyboard dock is tipped to come in at €149, which would bring the total to just under £700.

The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700, meanwhile, will arrive on June 10, at €600 for the 64GB Wi-Fi version. That’s £490+ to you and me.

Finally, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 is the cheapest of the bunch, at €400 (£327) for the Wi-Fi only model, or €500 (£410) if you fancy 3G for data on the move. It’s expected mid-May.

What do we think? Does the Asus PadFone - smartphone and tablet shell - stand a chance at £550-600? Fancy it?

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barrybarryk  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:25

That's actually much cheaper for the PadFone than I thought. It'll really depend on what deals are offered from the phone networks though, I don't think too many people will be buying a smartphone (/tablet) sim free just to tie it to contract later.

But yeah, I still want one

Treab  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:25

at 550 its 100 too much. sorry it just is. it should be around the price of a new smartphone its competing with the sgs3 and one x... it doesn't stand a chance.

barrybarryk  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:36

That price includes the tablet "dock" for the smartphone, it really isn't competing with the SGS3 or One X as they don't have remotely the same functionality. If you only want a smartphone then yeah just buy a smartphone, but if you want a tablet and a smartphone without having to pay for another data contract and the added ability to recharge the phone directly from the tablet portion while you're out and about there is no other option.

If anything the only thing it's competing with is ASUS's own transformer line

Treab  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:41

That price includes the tablet "dock" for the smartphone, it really isn't competing with the SGS3 or One X as they don't have remotely the same functionality. If you only want a smartphone then yeah just buy a smartphone, but if you want a tablet and a smartphone without having to pay for another data contract and the added ability to recharge the phone directly from the tablet portion while you're out and about there is no other option.

If anything the only thing it's competing with is ASUS's own transformer line


but it is. the tablet ONLY works with the smartphone... its a dual core phone or a dual core table for quad core prices.. and if the phone breaks down the tablet is worthless. they are making motorolas mistake with their netdock.. if this was the same as say the one s i.e. 300 it would sell like hotcakes,,, this wont.

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:47

So when you are using it as a tablet and you get a phone call you have to take the phone out unless you go trigger happy tv I guess?

Treab  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:48

yep. you can answer it via the tablet but its almost like facetime/skype...

barrybarryk  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:49

but it is. the tablet ONLY works with the smartphone... its a dual core phone or a dual core table for quad core prices.. It's a Dual Core phone AND a Dual Core Tablet
and if the phone breaks down the tablet is worthless. That's like saying my monitors or keyboards should be cheaper because if my computer breaks they're useless. Why would the phone break down? Why wouldn't you just replace it? If my current phone breaks it's useless so is all the tat that comes with it, I really don't see why you're so paranoid about the phone breaking. And it IS cheaper than a decent tablet and decent phone.

You can use a bluetooth headset to take calls using the tablet, or their own stylus/headset thing

Treab  Apr. 18, 2012 at 17:52

Yes but not by much. when you add british taxes which are far higher than italian ones expect that 550 to move to nearer 700. after import duties and 20% VAT. thats the price of almost buying the 2 individually. that has less risk as if one breaks you can still use the other... if the phone breaks with this one you cant use the tablet till its replaced...

also..

ITS A DUAL CORE PHONE OR A TABLET ;) if its not plugged in the tablet = shell :p

Pondlife  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:02

So as it's both you need to be someone who intends to buy top end gear but who has a prior to last year phone and a prior to last year (or none at all tablet). I don't see this selling.
I like that Asus keep trying different things but hard to imagine buying one.

SpeedyG  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:09

That's another phone like the Eluga thats a year too late again.

IKnowStuffAboutAsus  Apr. 18, 2012 at 18:11

So when you are using it as a tablet and you get a phone call you have to take the phone out unless you go trigger happy tv I guess?
No, the stylus that comes with acts like a mini phone when it is in tablet mode. you hold it to your ear and it has a speaker and mic that work just as well as a normal phone so you can keep surfing on your tablet while talking on the phone. it's not like skype or facetime everytime.

HyperTeHK  Jun. 9, 2012 at 12:15

What you are forgetting is dat this dual core phone is a krait based device so it wille be faster and slower than the galaxy S3, per core is is much faster.
If an app uses 4 cores the yes the one X and S3 will be faster in Europe, in the US they will use the SAME hardware so they are uquel and in single or dual threaded apps the Padfone will be faster in Europe with a better temperature and battery life.

The price is great for the fone only, the question is do I buy the tablet dock and keyboard dock or not.

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