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

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
    So... a 7 in phone?
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  • ipwn3r456
    7 inch phone? Damn phones are getting bigger and bigger now... When should we stop?
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  • bak0n
    For $249 I'd do that over a renewal of a contract for the same price.
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  • joytech22
    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
    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
    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
    Is this going to be the unlocked no-contract price?
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  • fkr
    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
    ASUS: why atom ? why ? give me ARM......
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  • dimar
    Why can't Asus release a super slim 12" 16:10 screen x86 Windows/Android hybrid tablet??????? Why????????
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