ASUS has announced that the Fonepad, a 7-inch handheld equipped with 3G voice and mobile data for all the features of an Android smartphone, will be available at S$369 from 27 April.
Powered by the Intel Atom processor Z2420 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the device is ideal for people who value both the voice communication features of a smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, but prefer the convenience of carrying just one device. Weighing at 340g and with a 10.4mm slim profile, ASUS Fonepad is a sleek and compact tablet with a metallic design that can be held comfortably in one hand, with hardware-accelerated 1080p full HD video decoding and up to nine hours of battery life.
Featuring a 10-point multi-touch display with IPS technology, the tablet can be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset, on top of the built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data.
Available in 8GB capacity with an SD card slot to provide up to 32GB of additional storage, it also features a front 1.2-megapixel camera for easy video chat and an optional rear 3-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording. ASUS SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves ensures clear, well-rounded sound quality.
ASUS Fonepad comes with a number of exclusive ASUS productivity apps: Floating App for easy management of running apps and multi-tasking; SuperNote Lite for handwritten notes and drawing; and WebStorage Office Online for Microsoft Office-compatible document editing on the move. ASUS Fonepad users also get 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage for syncing and sharing data with other devices.
Two new optional accessories will also be available for ASUS Fonepad. Available in four snazzy colors, VersaSleeve 7 is a wraparound cover with a folding design that both protects the tablet and props up the screen. Turn Case is a lightweight hardshell case for the ASUS Fonepad, and it features a soft interior that keeps the screen clean and a built-in stand that puts the screen at the perfect angle for watching video. Both accessories will be available at a later date.
The ASUS Fonepad will be available at all Singtel, StarHub and M1 shops. More details will be announced by the respective telcos closer to the availability date. ASUS Fonepad will also be available for purchase from ASUS authorised stores at a later date. All purchases will be entitled to an Audio-Technica $10 voucher and while stock lasts.