Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. launched its second-generation hybrid smartphone in Taiwan Tuesday, an emerging segment in which the company is investing heavily to expand its research manpower.
The Padfone lineup is seen as a "restart point" for Asustek's smartphone business, and the company is dedicated to making its products more user-friendly, Sun said.
Since the original Padfone did not break into the U.S. market, Asustek has been in talks with AT&T Inc., the second-largest U.S. wireless carrier, to sell the second-generation model in the future, he said.
Asked if Asustek will use Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 8 operating system in its third-generation Padfone, Sun said the company has not yet decided.
The Padfone 2 has a 4.7-inch high-resolution screen, is powered by Qualcomm Inc.'s 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and has Google Inc.'s Android software. It can be combined with a 10.1-inch tablet to provide the integrated functions of a phone and a pad.
The standalone 16 GB model will go on sale at NT$17,901 (US$612) in Taiwan later this week, while the bundled phone and tablet station will carry a price tag of NT$23,901.
megadata wrote:Was I just unlucky or do I need to give Asus a few months to iron out bugs etc? I desperately need a new phone and HTC don't have anything with 2GB RAM so the choices I had was the Padfone or Note 2. I already have a Nexus 7 so I don't need something with a big screen. Any ideas!?
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