ASUS FonePad 7-inch Android “Phablet” Announced
Asus has unveiled its latest handset at MWC 2013 – the Asus FonePad, which it describes as ‘a phone that’s also a tablet’.
The company has obviously seen that, hey, that Samsung Galaxy Note’s doing quite well, and decided it wants a piece of the ‘phablet’ action.
It’s a 7” tablet with an IPS screen of 1280 x 800 resolution and sports full phone functionality with 3G HSPA+ connectivity. Of course there’s also WiFi (B/G/N) and Bluetooth 3.0.
Hardware-wise, the ASUS FonePad is one if the slowly rising number of Android devices with an Intel processor. It is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420 at 1.2GHz which has an integrated PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor (GPU). There is 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (+32GB microSD max).
There are two versions of the Asus Fonepad. In Europe, the tablet will come with 16GB of built-in storage and a 1.2MP front-facing camera. It will launch in April for €220.
For the APAC region, the Fonepad will have only 8GB of built-in storage but it grows a 3MP camera on the back. This one will launch in March for $250. Both have microSD card slots and 5GB of lifetime Asus WebStorage.
The rear camera will capture only 720p video, but there’s enough power on tap to playback 1080p video you might have imported to the device.
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