Asus has announced a new version of its PadFone smartphone/tablet concept that includes NFC functionality.
The 4.7-inch PadFone 2 phone is designed to neatly dock with the PadFone 2 Station, enabling it to be converted easily into a 10.1-inch tablet.
"Building upon the successful PadFone combination of an Android smartphone and dockable tablet for incredible mobile flexibility, PadFone 2 consists of a higher-specification quad-core smartphone and a completely redesigned tablet," says Asus. "Apps are seamlessly optimized on-the-fly to support both tablet and phone modes, with an instant transition between smartphone and tablet screen sizes.
The Padfone 2 will be available from next week in Taiwan and other eastern markets, and the 32GB model is expected to retail at €799 (US$1,048) while a 64GB model will be €899 ($1,180) when the device arrives in Europe.