No budget Tegra 3 Asus tablet for UK

No budget Tegra 3 Asus tablet for UKWe’ve already had rubbish Asus-related news this week in the form of the Amazon Transformer Prime pre-order debacle, and there’s more Asus badness now – just for us in the UK, yay!

Asus’ UK marketing manager tells The Inquirer we won’t be seeing its sort-of-announced budget Tegra 3 tablet in David Cameron’s Britain. Bad times.

The budget tablet was teased by Nvidia and Asus at CES in Vegas this week. There wasn’t too much in the way of concrete details, but we were told to expect a 7in 1280x800 display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor and – most interestingly – a price tag aimed at punching the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Needless to say the suggested $249 retail price wouldn’t translate literally to £163 in the UK, but even a couple of hundred quid for those specs would’ve been a pretty sweet deal.

Alas, there’ll be no such tablet for us. Instead, Asus will appease the UK with the Padfone. As Phil reported earlier in the week, the Asus Padfone will launch at Mobile World Congress.

The Asus Padfone is comprised of a 4.3in smartphone and 10in tablet. The smartphone docks inside the tablet, and it’ll be Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) flavoured.

We don’t know a great deal more about the Asus Padfone at this stage, but we’ll be pawing it for sure in Barcelona next month.

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Stelph  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:24

Well unless Asus plan to sell the Padfone for a similar price (maybe £150 for the phone and £100 for the "tablet") then thats a sucky decision by Asus

eyesparky  Jan. 16, 2012 at 19:15

Hopefully it will come, as these things do tend to have a rolling release. In terms of price, the proper comparison in your article should be £195 based on current exchange rate and VAT.

TerryQu  Jun. 13, 2012 at 17:20

The Asus Padfone is now shipping in the UK from if anyone is interested in purchasing one.

Stelph  Jun. 14, 2012 at 11:02

Almost £700? That is pretty brutal, although I guess it does come with the tablet adapter but thats too steep for my wallet, closer to £400-£500 maybe


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