The Asus Fonepad sits in a rather unique position because the vast majority of tablets don't have calling features. However, Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 which can also make calls making it the nearest rival to Asus's device.
The 7 inch display makes it impractical to raise the Asus Fonepad to your ear, so you'll be making calls using speakerphone or using a Bluetooth headset. Thankfully, the Fonepad has a noise-cancelling digital microphone which helps the situation greatly.
Asus have tried to make the Fonepad as portable as possible and they've done a decent job because it weighs just 340g and is just 10.4mm thick. However, it'll still be too large to carry around in your pocket thanks to the 7 inch IPS display which runs at 1280*800 pixels.
Asus's Fonepad is powered by an Intel Atom processor running at 1.2 Ghz, while it also has 1GB of RAM and comes with a choice of either 16 or 32GB of on-board memory.
The tablet comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean and supports both 3G and HSPA+. While, it also has both a rear-facing 3 mega-pixel camera capable of record 720p video and a front-facing 1.3 mega-pixel snapper for video calling.
The Asus Fonepad will be available to buy in April and will cost around £179 which seems like a very decent price. 3G hope to review the tablet before it lands in the UK so keep posted !
Asus Fonepad Specification
- 7-inch HD IPS Display (1280*800 pixels)
- 1.2 GHz Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16 or 32GB on-board memory
- 3 mega-pixel rear-facing camera
- 1.2 mega-pixel front-facing camera
- 4,270mAH battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Noise-canceling digital microphone
- microSD support (up to 32GB)
- HSPA+ and 3G Connectivity
By Simon Thomas on 26th February, 2013