Asus announces Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet that offers phone functionality

Asus announces Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet that offers phone functionality
After announcing the next generation PadFone, Asus has also unveiled the Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet that also offers phone functionality, including 3G connectivity for mobile data and full telephony support, at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013. As reported earlier, the tablet is powered by  a new 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor. It runs Android 4.1 and features an HD display with IPS technology for wide viewing angles and clarity. The tablet has 1GB of RAM, and a PowerVR SGX540 chip for processing graphics.

"It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles," said Jonney Shih, Asus Chairman. "The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the Fonepad a perfect combination of tablet and phone in one single device."

"Extending our long history of collaboration, including most recently on the Ultrabook and Intel-based tablets, we are very excited to be partnering with Asus again," said Hermann Eul, Intel vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. "Intel's new Atom Z2420 processor delivers the power, performance and flexibility required to accommodate a range of devices and market needs. We think the Asus Fonepad is a very innovative device in an emerging category of 3G tablets with telephony features."

The Fonepad weighs 340 grams and has a slim 10.4mm profile. The 7-inch screen of the tablet features 10-point multi-touch, and a 1280 x 800 pixels HD resolution. The Fonepad sports a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel front camera.

The tablet can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or with a Bluetooth headset. Asus uses its SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves ensures clear, to enhance the sound quality.

The device comes with 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB, with a microSD card. Fonepad users also get 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage for syncing and sharing data with other devices. The Fonepad has a 4270mAH battery which as per the company promises up to nine hours of running time.

Asus has also announced pricing and availability for the UK. The device is priced at around 179 pounds, and will be available towards the end of Q2 2013. As with the PadFone Infinity, there is no official word on pricing and availability for India.

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