Phones are dead, tablets are dead, long live the phablets! After all, they didn’t make the Oxford Dictionaries by chance. Anyhow, Asus is one of the leading companies in phablets nowadays, unveiling a couple more hybrids of this kind mere hours ago during IFA 2013.
The first of the two, the FonePad Note 6, seems to lean more towards smartphones, though it’s not exactly tiny. It sports a 6-inch Super IPS+ LCD panel with Full HD resolution, weighs in at 210 grams and measures 164.8 mm in height. Good luck maneuvering this thing with just one hand.
Then again, the fellow might be worth all the effort in the world, as it’s an absolute beast. That 1,920 x 1,080 pix res display is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to its specs, which also include goodies like pre-loaded Android 4.2, a fast and furious 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 3,200 mAh battery and 8 MP rear snapper. Oh, yeah, stylus support, too.
Meanwhile, the upgraded FonePad 7 (which is oddly and confusingly called simply FonePad 7) is more like a tablet with voice call support than a phone or phablet. It also sits much lower on the totem pole than its 6-inch cousin, sporting a fairly modest 7-inch 1,280 x 800 screen, 1.6 GHz Atom Z2560 chip and 1 gig of RAM.
Then again, at least compared to its forefather, this thing looks hot, courtesy of an upgraded processor, better camera (5 MP sensor), bitching stereo front speakers and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Too bad there’s still no word on pricing as far as both these new gizmos are concerned.