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October 22, 2012

ASUS PadFone 2 to Arrive in Australia Only Next Year

Australian mobile phone users who were looking for the purchase of a new ASUS PadFone 2 might be disappointed learning that they will have to wait several more months before the device arrives on shelves in their country.

The same as in the UK, the phone-in-tablet combo will be released in Australia only in early 2013, although it is set to reach some other markets around the world starting with the next month.

The ASUS Padfone 2 was made official last week, and was announced to be released in almost two dozen countries before the end of this year.

Australia, however, was not one of them, and the company has recently confirmed that users will indeed have to wait a bit longer for it to be released on the local market.

"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, PC World Australia notes in a recent article.

"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 news site also notes that the new device might hit shelves in the country with support for the airwaves of Telstra and Optus, since it was announced with support for 1800MHz LTE.

The successor of ASUS PadFone was made official with a large, 4.7-inch touchscreen display, as well as with a quad-core APQ8064 processor packed inside.

Moreover, it comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the back, with support for full HD video recording, as well as with a 1.2MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The phone's specs list also include 2GB of RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system loaded on it right from the start.