Asus Padfone possibly delayed. Qualcomm chip shortage to be blamed
It looks like Qualcomm’s issues with its Snapdragon S4 SoC is affecting not only LG, but also Asus. The Taiwanese company is using the S4 in its Padfone, which is supposed to be introduced sometime this month. But the phone-tablet may arrive later than initially planned.
Earlier today, Asus Indonesia has tweeted about this, reminding customers that Qualcomm is facing S4 shortages, and “unfortunately this is the chip inside the Padfone.” The Verge contacted Asus about the matter, and got the following response: “I believe [the shortage is] affecting all of Qualcomm’s customers.” So, while this isn’t a confirmation of the Padfone’s delay, it’s certainly a sign of some kind of trouble.
As previously reported, the Asus Padfone will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from day one. The device is comprised of a smartphone (which can be sold separately for about $600), and a tablet dock that features a 10-inch display, and an extra battery. We’ll let you know more about its availability soon.