ASUS is targetting the phones and tablet market since last year. Its been going well for them after the huge success of Nexus 7 and ASUS Padfone, now the company has revealed a new innovation naming it Fonepad. Fonepad is a mobile-connected tablet which can be compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note franchise but it offers a bit more. It is a 7-inch tablet with smartphones capabilities.
ASUS Fonepad is a 7-inch tablet with 1280 x 800 resolution. Powered by an Intel’s newly launched Atom Z2420 processor, 1GB RAM and PowerVR GX540 GPU. Other specifications include a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera for video calling, Bluetooth and WiFi. As it can also be used as a smartphone, users can insert their SIM and enjoy 3G and HSPA+ functions on their tablet. It comes in two storage capcities 8GB and 16GB which can be upgraded through a micro-SD card slot. According to ASUS, the tablet can give a battery time of 9 hours which is relatively lower than traditional smartphones but good for a tablet+smartphone gadget.
The tablet comes with Android Jellybean 4.1, with Google Play Store support. ASUS has added some apps on its own such as Floating App which helps manage multi-tasking apps, SuperNote Lite is a handy app for making handwritten notes and lastly users can view or edit all their Microsoft Office documents using ASUS WebStorage Office Online and will receive 5GB cloud storage on ASUS WebStorage.
ASUS Fonepad will be priced at $249 for the 8GB model and $290 for the 16GB model. The tablet is expected to hit the stores in March 2013. Its an excellent alternative for buying both a smartphone and a tablet seperately but it doesnot come with a rear camera plus its quite big for phone calls unless you use a Bluetooth headset.