Harvey Norman will sell the ASUS Padfone from Tuesday 14 August, it was revealed today.
The Padfone is an all-in-one Android smartphone and tablet device that uses a modular design to combine an Android smartphone and a tablet device. The Padfone docks inside the "PadFone Station" tablet, effectively combining two devices into one.
The Padfone Station is just a screen, so all the processing power, memory and connectivity comes from the Padfone itself. However, the tablet does have a 6600mAh battery which charges the Padfone whenever it is docked.
The Padfone package sold in Australia will include the Padfone, the Padfone Station tablet device, a Bluetooth stylus that allows users to answer phone calls when in tablet mode, and a "smart sleeve" case to store the device.
In other markets, ASUS also sells a Padfone keyboard dock as an optional accessory, but the company has confirmed this accessory won't be available in Australia at this stage.
The ASUS Padfone itself has a 4.3in Super AMOLED qHD display with a resolution of 960x540, is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, has 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. A microSD card slot allows memory expansion, while an 8-megapixel rear camera and front VGA camera for video calling are also included. The Padfone Station has a 10.1in screen with a resolution of 1280x800.
The Padfone will initially ship with the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 version of Google's Android operating system. ASUS has confirmed the device will be upgraded to the latest Jelly Bean 4.1 version in the coming months, but has not specified a firm date or time frame.
The ASUS Padfone will be available through Harvey Norman retail stores in Australia from Tuesday 14 August for $999.