ASUS made its PadFone 2 handset official last month, and it seems that users in Germany will be able to enjoy its capabilities starting with December 1.The Taiwanese vendor did say that it planned on making the device available for purchase across Europe and Asia before the end of this year, but it did not provide specific info on when that might happen.
However, a recent report on Inside-Handy suggests that December 1 will be the lucky day for German users, and it also suggests that the device might be released in other markets in Europe on the same day.
ASUS PadFone 2 is expected to hit shelves in Germany at €799 ($1,020) with 32GB of internal memory, while being sold at €899 ($1,150) with 64GB of memory.
Users in the country will be able to purchase the handset both unlocked and on contracts with the wireless carrier E-Plus, who will sell it for free on €34 per month plans.
The smartphone was made official with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor packed inside, complemented by 2GB of RAM and capable of increased performance capabilities.
Moreover, the handset comes with a large 4.7-inch Super IPS+ HD display, and sports a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, along with a 1.2MP camera on the front. The handset is powered by a 2,140 mAh battery.
The main selling point of the handset is its support for the PadFone slate, which features a larger screen, but which is powered entirely by the smartphone.
The slate was unveiled with a 10.1 inch display capable of delivering a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, and with a 5,000 mAh battery inside.
ASUS’s PadFone 2 runs under Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but is expected to receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the not too distant future.