The Asus Fonepad has been a long time coming and yet it’s still one of the (few) pleasant surprises of MWC 2013 so far. And that’s despite the awful uninspired market name.
Like many other Asus gadgets unveiled of late, this one is a sort of a hybrid although it looks like a plain old tablet at first glance. The hybrid part is that it can work like a (huge) phone, having built-in voice calling functions.
Besides that, the Fonepad very much resembles the Nexus 7. It has a 7-inch 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage space, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 4,270 mAh battery.
One other major difference between the two 7-inchers is that the new guy packs a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 CPU instead of the “traditional” Tegra 3 chip. You also get microSD support on the Fonepad, as well as dual cameras (a 3 MP unit on the back and a 1.2 MP front-facing snapper).
Due out sometime in April in Europe, the newest Asus tab should go for only €219. In the US, it’ll probably come a couple of months after, but the price also sounds just right – $249. Well played, Asus, well played!