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Unlocked Asus Padfone Begins Arriving in U.S. With Prices Starting at $860

It’s been nearly four months since Asus unveiled the Padfone at Mobile World Congress, and the smartphone-cum-tablet-cum-notebook is finally available to purchase from certain retailers in the United States. It comes unlocked — and it’s unclear whether carriers will offer the device at all — with bundle prices starting at $859.50 through Negri Electronics.

That bundle includes the 4.3-inch Padfone with 16GB of internal storage, and the 10.1-inch tablet station. You can double the handset’s storage to 32GB for $959.50, or triple it to 64GB for $1059.50. However, only the 16GB device is shipping right away — the other two are available for pre-order only.

Unfortunately it seems that the notebook dock, Bluetooth headset/stylus, and the desktop monitor dock are currently unavailable to order, and there’s no word on when those accessories will be available.

Once again, there’s also no news on whether or not carriers will be offering the Padfone at a subsidized rate, so right now your only option for the Padfone is from certain retailers. Negri Electronics appears to be the first bring the device to the U.S., while Expansys is now allowing you to register your interest for a notification when it becomes available.

Will you be picking up an unlocked Padfone this week?

[via The Verge]

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