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Asus Announces 7-inch Android Tablet Fonepad; Will Have Phone Functionality

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Powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor.

Asus has announced a 7-inch Android-powered tablet, the Fonepad, at this year's Mobile World Congress.

With built-in phone functionality, the device is powered by an Intel 1.2 GHz Atom Z2420 processor and 1 GB of RAM, as well as a PowerVR SGX540 GPU. It will run on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

A 4,270 mAH battery delivers up to nine hours of power, accompanied by a micro-SIM slot and the microSD reader. The former supports 32 GB cards, with the device itself offering 16 GB of built-in storage. A 1.2-megapixel front camera is joined by a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display.

"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. The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the Fonepad a perfect combination of tablet and phone in one single device," said Asus chairman Jonney Shih.

The Fonepad will launch in Europe during March for €219, followed by a U.S. launch with a price of $249.

 

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    zomow , February 25, 2013 11:02 PM
    So... a 7 in phone?
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    ipwn3r456 , February 25, 2013 11:24 PM
    7 inch phone? Damn phones are getting bigger and bigger now... When should we stop?
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    bak0n , February 25, 2013 11:25 PM
    For $249 I'd do that over a renewal of a contract for the same price.
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    joytech22 , February 25, 2013 11:26 PM
    Quote:
    SGX540


    IMMEDIATE turn-off. This was in the 2010 Galaxy S..
    HELLO, WE LIVE IN THE YEAR 2013!

    At least stick a Mali MP400 in there..
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    GabZDK , February 25, 2013 11:32 PM
    I remember people doing this as a joke back when the original iPad was released.

    What has happened to the world??
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    sixdegree , February 25, 2013 11:32 PM
    It won't be long before some designer out there snapped and make a 13 inches tablet/phone with physical keyboard.
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    hoofhearted , February 25, 2013 11:35 PM
    Is this going to be the unlocked no-contract price?
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    fkr , February 25, 2013 11:48 PM
    joytech22IMMEDIATE turn-off. This was in the 2010 Galaxy S..HELLO, WE LIVE IN THE YEAR 2013!At least stick a Mali MP400 in there..

    wiki says this chip came out in nov 2007. 65nm tech
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    sonofliberty08 , February 25, 2013 11:57 PM
    ASUS: why atom ? why ? give me ARM......
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    dimar , February 26, 2013 1:19 AM
    Why can't Asus release a super slim 12" 16:10 screen x86 Windows/Android hybrid tablet??????? Why????????
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    InvalidError , February 26, 2013 4:47 AM
    sonofliberty08ASUS: why atom ? why ? give me ARM......

    There is nothing wrong with the newest Atoms. In pre-launch benchmarks, they delivered more than twice the performance per watt most ARM CPUs did so unless you do NDK development, there should be no reason to insist on ARM.
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    Non-Euclidean , February 26, 2013 11:57 AM
    ipwn3r4567 inch phone? Damn phones are getting bigger and bigger now... When should we stop?


    I think there are a few things going on here.

    1) This is the year of 7" tablets heading down/settling in the $100-200 price range.
    2) By adding the phone functionality, they are staking out a niche, and hoping to hold it.
    3) Look at this as an iPad mini competitor. Not a phone with the wrong form factor.
    4) I think this is aimed at the teenager/youth tablet market designed to fit any social media needs.
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    outlw6669 , February 26, 2013 12:01 PM
    The Atom Z2420 is a single core dual thread chip, not a dual core chip as stated.

    Not that I would use this as a phone but....
    I look at the specs, look at the price and really wonder why the hell most mid to high end phones are priced so damn high :/ 
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    hoofhearted , February 26, 2013 2:29 PM
    With the Samsung Note series and all of these other companies I am reading about producing big phones to satiate the 'bigger is better' crowd, this seriously undercuts their pricing. I mean, Note was 5.8 inches, the Note 2, 6" then the Note 3 is rumored to be 6.3" and all the while, they charge $500-$700 for an unlocked device. And now you get a the next bigger badder 7 incher for just $249
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    g00fysmiley , February 26, 2013 2:54 PM
    at $250 it is tempting to buy this as a phone/tab and if it works on virgin mobile swap to it and finally ditch sprint assumign it has lte antenna
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    Non-Euclidean , February 26, 2013 4:03 PM
    Its gonna need 4G and LTE to seriously whack the smartphone pricing.
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    gwolfman , February 26, 2013 6:59 PM
    outlw6669The Atom Z2420 is a single core dual thread chip, not a dual core chip as stated.Not that I would use this as a phone but....I look at the specs, look at the price and really wonder why the hell most mid to high end phones are priced so damn high
    Well said, well said. :) 
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    Elaine James , May 24, 2013 6:32 PM
    Must of you are missing the point FonePad as room for a sim card sim cards do more than allow texts and phone calls
    I got me a Fonepad on day one release date 26 April 2013 why I want internet where ever I am
    With this FonePad. and a cell signal ..... a giffgaff £ 10.0 goodie bag I have Data on the move......
    Giffgaff goodie bag £ 10.00. Gives me three hundred minutes unlimited texts and must important 1GB data ....... mobile comuting that is mobile for £ 170.00 compared with no 3g iphone////// pad ..... be warned Asus Fone Pad is not a asus.... nexus 7 do not expect a necus 7 nexus 7 is google good this is Asus...... be warned get one they are good. You need to use a FILE MANAGER NOT APP2SD.......DOES NOT work File Manager does allow use of all 32gb sd card...... do not expect asus to tell you anything.....mine came back from repair some where in Slovacian country ....... no help ...... I had to find the above info for myself........ good tablet no customer service ????