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ASUS Unveils 7-Inch Fonepad with Voice Call Capability

By Sidney Wong - on 26 Feb 2013, 11:45am

ASUS Unveils 7-Inch Fonepad with Voice Call Capability

The ASUS Fonepad.

ASUS announced the 7-inch Fonepad, an Android 4.1 tablet that has voice call capability, and is powered by the new Intel Z2420 Atom processor at Mobile World Congress 2013.

Measuring 10.4mm and weighing 340g, the Fonepad is designed to be portable and lightweight for daily use by consumers who want the combined features of a smartphone and tablet. 

Powered by Intel Atom Z2420 processor, ASUS claims that the Fonepad strikes a balance between performance and energy efficiency. We will put these claims to the test when we have a review unit. Its 7-inch display is pretty decent - an LED-backlit IPS panel with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

Is the Apple iPad mini its direct competitor? We don't think so since they are targeting different market segments.

While the U.K model lacks a rear camera, the Asia Pacific variant comes with a rear 3MP camera. However, the former is equipped with 16GB built in storage while the latter has only 8GB. Nonetheless, both models support microSD cards of up to 32GB. Other connectivity options include a microUSB port, 3.5mm audio output jack, GPS with GLONASS, accelerometer.

The ASUS Fonepad will be available in March with a price tag of US$249. It will come in two colors: titanium gray and champagne gold.

Despite its affordable price tag, ASUS did not sacrifice on the build quality of the Fonepad. Its rear metallic back with tapered sides gives the device a great feel and handling.


Comparing the ASUS Fonepad with the Google Nexus 7, Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G
  ASUS Fonepad Google Nexus 7 (3G) Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G
Display 7-inch LED-backlit IPS 7-inch back-lit IPS 7-inch IPS LCD 7-inch PLS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels 1280 x 800 pixels 1024 x 600 pixels 1024 x 600 pixels
OS Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor Intel Atom Z2420 single-core 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.2GHz Single-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1GHz
Storage 16GB 
(microSD support up to 32G)
32GB 8GB 
(microSD support up to 32GB)
(microSD support up to 32GB)
Front Camera 1.2MP 1.2MP 0.3-megapixel VGA
Rear Camera APAC model: 3MP
U.K model: NIL
- 3.2MP 3MP
Battery 4270mAh 4325mAh 4100mAh 4000mAh
Dimensions 196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4mm 198.5 x 120 x 10.45mm 192 x 120 x 11mm 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm
Weight 340g 340g 370g 344g