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ASUS PadFone 2 now official! Price, Specs and Availability in the Philippines

Quad-core smartphone with incredible battery life and a thinner, lighter
PadFone 2 Station deliver the ultimate mobile flexibility.

ASUS just unveiled the PadFone 2, the latest evolution of its unique mobile phone/tablet hybrid concept in front of the world's media at a press conference in Milan, Italy. PadFone 2 is a fully featured 4.7" Android smartphone with industry-leading specifications that docks with the unique PadFone 2 Station to become a lightweight, but fully featured, 10.1" tablet. Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes. More about the ASUS PadFone 2 after the jump.

ASUS' world-renowned Design Thinking philosophy has significantly reduced PadFone 2 Station's thickness and weight. At just 649g, the combined weight of both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station is now lighter than most tablets on the market, and the dock mechanism has been redesigned to require just one swift step to use. PadFone 2 has also been subtly refined to increase its screen size to 4.7", while reducing its thickness and weight to just 9mm at its thickest point and 135g, respectively.

Battery life is astounding, too. The higher-capacity PadFone 2 2140mAh battery provides up to 16 hours 3G talk-time and 13 hours Wi-Fi web browsing, while PadFone 2 Station's 5000mAh battery gives up to 36 hours 3G talk-time. PadFone 2 Station's internal battery also has enough capacity to recharge the docked PadFone 2 three times over.

A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM ensures incredible PadFone 2 performance in both smartphone and tablet modes. The new 4.7" 1280 x 720 HD Super IPS+ display uses scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass and delivers sharp, detailed images with accurate colors, ultra-wide viewing angles and 550 nits brightness for stunning outdoor visibility.

A new 13-megapixel high-performance camera captures incredibly detailed images with no shutter lag. Burst mode can capture up to 100 shots at a blisteringly quick six shots per second, while simultaneously recording 1080p HD video at 30fps, or 720p HD video at 60fps. Low-light performance is also enhanced by the wide f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated image signal processor. Both PadFone 2 and PadFone 2 Station feature superlative sound quality too, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster technology and audio tuning by Waves, recipient of a Technical GRAMMY Award.

With capacities up to 64GB and 50GB of ASUS WebStorage provided free for two years, PadFone 2 offers endless possibilities for storing data. Data syncing between devices is also a thing of the past, since PadFone 2 storage is used by PadFone 2 Station when the two are connected. Shared mobile data connectivity between smartphone and tablet also means just one data plan is needed for both devices, while support for up to 42Mbit/s DC-HSPA+ and 100Mbit/s LTE delivers super-fast web browsing and downloads.

ASUS PadFone 2 Specifications
1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon processor
4.7-inch (720 x 1280) Super IPS+ display
with Corning Gorilla Glass
Adreno 320 GPU
2GB of RAM
16/32/64GB of internal storage
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
13MP autofocus (main) camera with LED flash
1080p@30fps video recording
1.2MP front camera
DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps
HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
GPS with A-GPS support
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
microUSB (MHL) v2.0
NFC Support
Li-Ion 2140mAh battery
137.9 x 68.9 x 9mm (dimension)
135g (weight)

Note: Optional Padfone Station with 10.1-inch IPS display, 1280 x 800 pixels @ 514g, 5000mAh battery.

ASUS PadFone 2 Price and Availability in the Philippines
The ASUS PadFone 2 tablet bundle will be priced at $1,040 (Php43,200) for the 32GB model and $1,170 (Php48,600) for the 64GB model. PadFone 2 will be launched before the end of December in Europe (Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and Asia (Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, U.A.E). Availability in other countries will be announced at a later date.

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