We already knew ASUS was prepping a product called the FonePad, a 7-inch tablet with built-in phone functionality (yes, just like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0). Well, ASUS just formally unveiled it at the Mobile World Congress. First off, the speculation about its specs was all true: this does indeed have an Intel processor — a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420, to be exact — along with 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an HSPA+ radio. Additionally, the 4,270mAH battery is said to get up to nine hours of runtime, which would put this in the same league as other Atom tablets we’ve tested recently.
In terms of hardware features, the FonePad has a smooth metal back (available in gray and gold), making it drastically different in appearance from the similarly sized Nexus 7. ‘Round back you’ll find a panel where all the usual antennae are, and hidden underneath is both the micro-SIM slot and the microSD reader. That microSD slot, by the way, supports 32GB cards, which should come in handy considering this has just 16GB of built-in storage. Additionally, the tablet has a 3-megapixel rear shooter and a 1.2-megapixel front camera, attached to a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display. (We’ll be taking hands-on photos anyway, in case you’re really curious.)
The FonePad will be available in Europe for £179 / €219. Here at MWC, ASUS also confirmed a US dollar price of $249, though there are rumblings it wouldn’t actually be on sale in North America. In any case, the on-sale date will be confirmed at some later time.
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