Hands-on: ASUS Fonepad [VIDEO]


ASUS has yet another twist on the phone/tablet hybrid here at Mobile World Congress. The ASUS Fonepad is, as the name suggests, a combination of the two devices. It is not, however, another Padfone. Instead, it’s a 7-inch tablet with full calling capabilities.

Appearance-wise, the Fonepad shares a lot in common with the ASUS-made Nexus 7, but on specs alone it couldn’t be more different. The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420 clocked at 1.2GHz and sports PowerVR SGX540 graphics. The 7-inch IPS display features a 1280×800 resolution. The system is backed by 1GB RAM and will be available in 8GB/16GB storage options. Rounding out the specs are a 3MP camera and 1.2MP front-facing camera.

Ultimately, it’s more pad than “fone,” and it’s hard to imagine any real benefit the device offers over owning two devices. Unless, of course, you absolutely need a tablet and don’t want to carry both a tablet and a phone. So as you can probably tell, owning a Fonepad is a bit of a special case. Perhaps helping the slate’s cause is its pricing. For $249 straight up you can own the tablet later this spring.

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  1. Embarassed Edit: I was wrong. Sorry guys.

    1. The Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement is already up if you check the home page

  2. Asus needs a new marketing team. Padfone? Fonepad? Really?

  3. This is actually kind of interesting… $250 for a presumably unlocked phone + tablet…. cheaper than a Nexus 4

    1. Right, but the N4 is better on paper. Plus you can actually shove it in your pocket and not look like you’ve got a giant rectangle in your pocket.

    2. It would be interesting if not for the crap cpu and gpu.

    3. I can see trying out a tablet-sized phone, but it would need to be as small and thin as possible given its screen dimensions. This thing’s got a bezel so wide it could practically be a 9″ tablet, and it’s thicker than my 2-year-old Tab 10.1. Try again when you’re edge-to-edge, Asus.

  4. Another ho hum 7 incher. Bland screen resolution and only 1 gig of ram. Weak processor to boot.

    1. If we’re lucky, it may even have the same slow as heck storage chip as the N7.

  5. $249 is a great price point though.

  6. Could this be the next Nexus 7 in disguise, before Google tweaks the specification and design?

  7. give it a better processor and camera and if it was built by a better company i would want it.

  8. I know this an android site and all, but my dream device would be this thing with less side bezel, Full Win8 (no RT crap), with phone capabilities. I don’t want to sync my devices, I want one device.

  9. Why would you make a new “phone” device that is not 4G? I know that the added radio reduces the battery life significantly, but come on!!!

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