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  Reply # 587879 28-Feb-2012 15:41 Send private message


I am also going to predict that this thing will cost more than a Transformer Prime and a mid range smartphone. Hell, it may even go as high as $2000, or to put it another way, either a Transformer Prime and a high end smartphone or a low end iPad and just about an iPhone. 

I will be shocked if it comes in under $1500 and you are only getting one processor!

How mad would you be if something happened to the 'phone' bit and you were left with ... a tablet which didn't work and a keyboard with nothing to plug it into?




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  Reply # 587885 28-Feb-2012 15:52 Send private message

You buy the 3 bits individually so if 1 was to fail you could buy a replacement.

I expect it to be in the $1500 - $1800 range for the full set.

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  Reply # 587916 28-Feb-2012 16:44 Send private message

You have read the book now see the movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Rrh_EwFaZ7I

So there are few things about owning one.
You need to be white.
It will get you girls.
People will scare you from behind the couch.



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  Reply # 587932 28-Feb-2012 17:02 Send private message

kiwitrc: You have read the book now see the movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Rrh_EwFaZ7I

So there are few things about owning one.
You need to be white.
It will get you girls.
People will scare you from behind the couch.


Hahaha. I want one NOW even more now :-/

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  Reply # 588052 28-Feb-2012 21:56 Send private message

Yes, I've now gone luke warm.

Still a very nice concept though.

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  Reply # 588067 28-Feb-2012 22:34 Send private message

Like the whole concept. Especially not having to have 2 sim cards and plans.
Now if only they had one that didn't have a 4.3" handset..... for us folk who're happy with a smaller pocket-able device.

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  Reply # 588068 28-Feb-2012 22:35 Send private message

well the keyboard attachment cant cost that much, the tablet attachments is basically just a screen, camera, battery, and some pretty dumb hardware, the phone has all the expensive stuff.

so if it costs more than
phone: $900
tablet: $200
keyboard: $100

then i would consider it too expensive for what you get; since you can get some pretty cheap android tablets, sure they're low powered, but they have cpus, memory etc in them and the padfone tablet is a shell with a few key pieces of h/w.

but this device will open the flood gates of other simliar devices, so if this is over priced, ill just get the next one (or one after that) that isnt overpriced.

honestly i think the tablet design is kinda ugly, so its not a killer phone, a killer idea, but must be at a certain price point.

makes you wonder if windows are looking into this for windows 8 however. still dont think apple will do anything like this, rather if people want a tablet or ultrabook/netbook to buy a ipad and a macbook air.




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  Reply # 588070 28-Feb-2012 22:36 Send private message

oxnsox: Like the whole concept. Especially not having to have 2 sim cards and plans.
Now if only they had one that didn't have a 4.3" handset..... for us folk who're happy with a smaller pocket-able device.


yeah that might also be a show stopper for me, if its too big, then ill pass.  anything bigger than my iphone 4, and err thats too big for my pocket. 




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  Reply # 588072 28-Feb-2012 22:37 Send private message

Good gawd, what a horribly cheesy video...    I still want one though :)

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  Reply # 588076 28-Feb-2012 22:44 Send private message

reven: well the keyboard attachment cant cost that much, the tablet attachments is basically just a screen, camera, battery, and some pretty dumb hardware, the phone has all the expensive stuff.

The screen on the tablet will be the single biggest cost in the whole item  

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  Reply # 588248 29-Feb-2012 11:30 Send private message

Motorola did something similar with the Atrix lapdock

http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/US-EN/Consumer-Product-and-Services/Mobile+Phone+Accessories/Docking-Stations/Atrix-Laptop-Dock-US-EN

As far as I am aware it didn't set the world on fire although it did get positive reviews, to be honest I think this will be a Geek Treat. 

Some of the negative review comments were the cost.

I think this is actually the major stumbling block.

Basically you end up paying the same as buying a phone and tablet separately, people don't want to do this for a new form factor. 




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  Reply # 588263 29-Feb-2012 12:12 Send private message

crackrdbycracku: Motorola did something similar with the Atrix lapdock  


to be fair, their implementation was pretty craptastic.  really ugly, and only laptop dock.  

but i think we all agree it comes down to price. 




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  Reply # 588483 29-Feb-2012 19:03 Send private message

this is DEFINITELY a nice phone/pad/laptop!







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  Reply # 591252 6-Mar-2012 13:52 Send private message

From Synnex, the NZ distributor for Asus tablets.

Hi Scott

Thank you for the interest.

Unfortunately they won?t be available in NZ for a while.

They are part of telecommunication product, so if they were ever going to be available in NZ, it?ll be through one of the telco company.


Ah well, will be cheaper and available sooner from overseas anyway.

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  Reply # 605914 5-Apr-2012 22:31 Send private message

Hey Scott

Padfone pricing has just semi released

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/05/asus-padfone-priced-and-ready-for-pre-order-in-taiwan-tomorrow/

Looks like:

Phone $850 inc gst
Phone+tablet+stylus $1200 inc gst
Phone+tablet+stylus+keyboard 1383 inc gst

and as expected, the keyboard looks like it's a TF101 keyboard

All up not bad pricing at all?
Considering the latest Quadrant results of the Snapdragon S4, which seems to be putting the Tegra 3 Quad core to shame in some devices(transformer prime)

 




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