In the year since it was initially announced, the ASUS Padfone has gone through a few changes. But ASUS promised us it would finally for on sale in April, and sure enough retail availability is almost upon us. The PadFone is up for pre-order in Taiwan. Though it may not be indicative of its pricing model in all regions, there will be several options to consider when purchasing the chameleon of a device. Users can opt to buy only the handset portion up front — the dual-core Snapdragon S4 brains of the operation will retail for NT$17,990 (equivalent to $610 in the US) — or pick up a bundle that includes the tablet dock (NT$24,980 or US$850) or tablet dock with keyboard dock (NT$28,901 or US$980). For those that pre-order ASUS is throwing in an additional battery pack.
The PadFone starts shipping April 20th for those in Taiwan. Availability in other regions has not yet been revealed.