The British retailer has began taking pre-orders for the bizarre 3-in-1 device, in turn revealing its whopping £699.98 price-tag. However – the store does add that the “official release date and pricing is to be confirmed”, suggesting the details may not have arrived directly from Asus.
As as device that combines a smartphone, tablet and netbook – we’re not expecting the device to be cheap, but a £700 price-tag will no doubt put off a number of potential Padfone buyers.
Still, if legit, what will you be getting for your £700? The device – officially announced at MWC - combines a 4.3-inch Android phone and a 10.1-inch tablet, which can also be transformed into a netbook thanks to the included keyboard. On the spec-front, the Asus Padfone also features; Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a nippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA webcam, 1080p HD video, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity and a 1520mAh battery.
We’ve been in touch with Asus for further details, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Update: We’ve heard back from Asus who have told us: “Flagship Fones is not an official ASUS reseller and has had no communication with us about the ASUS PadFone.”
“ASUS is yet to announce pricing and availability of the ground-breaking and shape-shifting PadFone – anything to the contrary is merely rumours and speculation. We will be announcing details with our carrier partners in due course, so keep an eye out for updates on the official ASUS website and social media pages for more information as and when it is available.”