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Padfone 2 won't hit Australia until 2013

ASUS won't release its latest Padfone 2 Android smartphone in Australia until 2013, the company confirmed today.

Despite a scheduled release in Europe and Asia before the end of 2012, ASUS says the Padfone 2 will not be launched Down Under this year.

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The company cited a narrow gap between the Padfone 2 and the original Padfone, which only launched in August, as a reason for the delay.

"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 said. "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."

The second generation Padfone 2 is a thinner, lighter and faster upgrade over the original Padfone and was officially launched in Milan, Italy, last week.

The product utilises 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. Australian pricing has not been announced.


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