ASUS: Padfone 2 won't get Aussie release until 2013

ASUS Padfone 2 won't hit Australian shelves until next year

The ASUS Padfone 2 won't hit Australia until 2013

The ASUS Padfone 2 won't hit Australia until 2013

ASUS has confirmed its Padfone 2 smartphone won't launch in Australia until 2013, despite a release in Europe and Asia before the end of 2012.

Read our preview of the ASUS Padfone 2 here

The company last week unveiled the second generation Padfone 2, a thinner, lighter and faster upgrade over the original Padfone. The Padfone 2 will launch "before the end of 2012" in Europe and Asia but Australian users will have to wait until 2013 thanks to a narrow gap between the launch of the original device in August.

"It [the Padfone 2] will be coming, but the first Padfone launched not long ago so we will need to leave a bit of room for it," an ASUS spokesperson told PC World Australia. "It is the head office's decision. We will need to get the telcos to test it here as they work slightly different to rest of the world."

ASUS refused to confirm whether the Padfone 2 would be sold through an Australian telco when it launches in 2013. The original Padfone is only sold outright through Harvey Norman retail stores across Australia for $999.

The Padfone 2 is likely to work on the Australian 4G networks used by Telstra and Optus as the device features the required LTE 1800MHz network band.

The ASUS Padfone 2 is a follow up to the original Padfone and uses a modular design consisting of an Android smartphone that docks inside a tablet shell, effectively combining two devices into one.

The Padfone 2 features a redesigned tablet dock, a larger 4.7in screen and will ship with the latest version of Google's Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

In Europe, the 32GB Padfone 2 will sell for €799, with the 64GB model retailing at €899.

Are you disappointed with the delayed release of the ASUS Padfone 2 in Australia? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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17 Comments

K

1

It should be released in AUS when it's released OS.
How unfair!

Tim

2

Well it doesn't work on Telstra's Next G network (850mHz) so why would anyone bother getting it unless they were on Optus.

Watson

3

Because Telstras 4G LTE network runs off 1800mHz.
Can't see why they'd delay it despite the orginal padfone coming out in August. Surely they'd want people to buy the 2nd generation given how much effort they've put into it. Why would you want the original that lacks battery life and pretty much everything else the PF2 has? You've got to put this beast in to the market before it becomes old news and other companies catch up to the specs.

Alex

4

Was really keen for this, but since they are cock blocking me to try and sell their inferior device first, I'll be looking for another manufacturer. Likely will avoid the transformer I was about to purchase also due to the companies obvious lack of support for Australian consumers. tsk tsk.

Dave

5

I was always expecting to import this from overseas, because Australia always seems to get delayed launches for everything.

I'm far more disappointed with the delays to the keyboard dock.

And Tim, as far as Telstra NextG is concerned, the PF2 has already been confirmed to support WCDMA (that's 3G) frequencies of 2100MHz, 1900MHz, 1700MHz, 900MHz and yes, even Telstra's proprietary 850MHz "Next G" nonsense.

toby

6

Yeah Tim. You're actually incorrect. The PF2 supports penta band HSPA & 1800 LTE. I'm almost certain that Telstra run all there actual phone services through GSM, so you should have all the funtionality that you get with any Telstra phone. It will also run on those 1900 and 900 MHZ 3G settings for Vodafone and Optus users.

bing

7

man i was looking to get one when it came out but now i will just get one one ebay or get a from taiwan to get me one then

john

8

i never knew harvey norman even sold the original padfone, why delay the padfone2 in Aus for?
pretty big fail there, people will buy the Samsung Galaxy s3 for christmas, come new years everyones already for a smart phone and sales for this wont be as high.
If you release it same time as everyone else, people will definitely buy this if you ramp up the advertisement as well during christmas. Lets face it right now the hot stuff on the market are smart phones and tablets. whoever made the move to delay this hoping they can sell the rest of the original padfone is dead wrong, most people (including myself) never knew HArvey Norman even sold these, ive went there many times and they never have any on display.
Please hire REAL marketing people if you wish this to be a success, up the advertisement and release it in Aus same time as everyone else!

john

9

How many people actually know about the padfone from advertisement? i mean most people found out via the internet, it makes no sense to delay this in the hopes of Asus Aus to flog off the original, clearly people who know of the padfone will also know that the padfone2 is out in other countries on the 1st Novemeber, so people will either 1) wait for the Aus release (they build up the hype and when they actually get it, they ask themselves, is this it? i waited for so long for just this?) 2) buy other products (i know this isnt the same but people can just get the nexus 7" tablet and galaxy s3 or the samsung note2). By delaying Asus is just losing out on the slim market share they have. i doubt you can flog off much of the original padfone, since there wasnt enough advertisement for it not much people know the when it was launched.

UNLESS the delay is to make this compatible with Aus 4G then i kind of understand (not really, just trying to be reasonable here)

Sandgroper

10

If they would release it here at the same time as elsewhere, they could have my money now! Delaying the release of the new product is NOT going to make me consider buying what is now the obsolete product, if anything, this tactic of delayed release for Australia will make me look at the competition. All Asus will achieve through this approach is missing out on the biggest sales period of the year (i.e. Christmas) and people's resentment.
Like 'Bing' I'll simply buy one from overseas.

Doug

11

You can get the Pad Fone 2 here in Australia
http://www.mobicity.com.au/asus-padfone-2.html?gclid=CNGh44afzLMCFZBIpgodzC0Apw

Lindsay

12

This product excited me a lot.

Until I saw that it lacks a MicroSD slot (somewhat mitigated by USB-OTG support) and the killer; a non-replaceable battery. The 1280x800 screen on the tablet component is also a bit low by today's standards but that's a compromise I could handle just fine if it weren't for the other things.

Oh well, next time ASUS. I hope you're successful, and we see more of these from different manufacturers.

Lindsay

13

Oh yeah, Kogan's got them too.

dA

14

No kogan doesn't have them..they took my money over a week ago and today they told me my order has been cancelled as they cannot full-fill it.

The whole 2013 is rubbish, why is AU always last? screw the local retailers and their stock (especially harvey norman) ...it's not like they care about the consumers anyway!

koopza

15

whats new, oz is behind in everything always and is ridiculously priced

Intensify

16

The current overseas versions of the PF2 do not list 850mhz 3G network only 900, 2100MHz on 3G. As for a aussie version of this phone who knows if they will change/ add the 850mhz band.

Npr

17

We both bought the asus padfone 2 and use it with a Vaya account (optus). We both love it! Would be nice to have local support and accessories!

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