Though sales numbers haven’t always been up, Asus has looked like a bit of a rebel Android player in recent years. You know what I mean, the kind of company that makes its own rules and that always tries to surprise and innovate, even if that involves huge risks.
The Transformer Pads and Padfones have been some of the biggest Asus gambles taken recently and now we’re expecting another one – the Fonepad. We know, the name sounds quirky and confusing, but Asus might have another wild card here.
According to various sources, the Fonepad will be a 7-inch tablet with voice calling capabilities, a Nexus 7-like aluminum body and a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution IPS panel. And if that doesn’t sound like enough of a gamble, you can add an Intel Atom Z2420 “Lexington” processor in the mix.
If everything checks out, the Fonepad is actually going to be the first ever slate to be powered by Intel. The rest of the rumored specs include 1 GB of RAM, a 3 MP rear-facing snapper, optional 3G, a 4,270 mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Even though we’re expecting the Fonepad to make its debut at MWC this month, the 7-incher might not go up for sale before May. At least in Europe, where its price is supposedly set at $350-400 (with 3G). Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Via [Android Authority]