Update: Asus has denied the pricing from their side with the following statement
“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.”
Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of the Padfone. I’ve found it to be too “gimmicky”, like the dual-screen phones, to have a phone that docks into a screen to use it like a tablet. I’d rather have separate devices, but quite a few people are actually excited about it.
Well, bad news for you folks. Flagshipfones.co.uk is asking for a mind-boggling GBP 700 (approximately US $ 1100) payment for a pre-order.
Now, agreed that a quality unlocked phone and a decent tablet will run up that kinda tab when purchased separately, but the only way I can see the Padfone doing any serious business is if it sells at a substantial discount to the stated price. I mean, this could be the cost of 4 to 5 of the rumored Asus Nexus tablets.