News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday May 28, 2014.
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AT&T confirmed that it would sell the PadFone X at CES in early January. Other than a few periodic reminders of that announcement, the carrier never provided any clarity on its release plans. AT&T today finally confirmed a sales period for the PadFone X.
Six months after it was first announced for the US market, the ASUS PadFone X will be sold at AT&T when pre-orders start June 6. The phone will be available for $199 on a two-year agreement or $22.92 to $29.80 per month on the AT&T Next 18/12 financing programs. A general sales date has not been announced but AT&T will confirm delivery dates during pre-orders, which generally line-up with in-store availability.
As a refresher, the PadFone X is ASUS's high-powered Android smartphone that can dock into a special shell designed specifically to launch a tablet mode. The tablet shell uses the phone's resources for apps and connectivity but can still extend battery life, take photos, and browse on a 9-inch 1080p HD display. The phone has a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor (Snapdragon 800), 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE Advanced and HD Voice, a 64GB microSD slot, wireless charging (PMA), and a 13-megapixel camera.
The PadFone remains one of the most unique smartphones available and garners a great deal of attention. However, the long wait between announcement and availability may have caused some users to already upgrade to new phones or opt for something more up-to-date. PadFone fans who have resisted other devices will finally get a chance to purchase the device beginning next month.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.