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Asus Fonepad 8 launches this month for around $200

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Asus Fonepad 8 launches this month for around $200
Announced by Asus in early June, the Fonepad 8 is now being released in Asia, and it will probably be available in other regions pretty soon (though we don’t know if it’s going to be sold in the US). The Fonepad 8 costs $199 (649 MYR) in Malaysia, and about $230 (299 SGD) in Singapore - where it should be launched on October 10.

As its name suggests, the Asus Fonepad 8 is both a smartphone, and a tablet, featuring 3G connectivity and the ability to make phone calls (it even supports two SIM cards). The device runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and sports an 8-inch IPS display with 800 x 1280 pixels. Other features include stereo speakers, a 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB / 16 GB of internal memory. Asus initially announced that the Fonepad 8 would be powered by a 64-bit, 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 processor. However, the device’s product page that’s found on Asus’ global website mentions a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3530 CPU (which is also a 64-bit chipset).

Is anyone looking forward to buying this giant smartphone / medium-sized tablet from Asus?


sources: SoyaCincau (Twitter), HardwareZone, Asus

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posted on 07 Oct 2014, 23:53

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I would like to get a tablet that is supported by a major US telecom company that can make calls. Dual SIM would be a bonus. So far, all I've heard is that it is possible to do this with some Samsung tablets, but only on T-Mobile, and through some hackery of some sort.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:17

2. Doakie (Posts: 1893; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Sort of want... But I can't really carry this through the work day....

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:37 2

3. blitzkreig (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


Will pick this up if and when it launches in India

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:38

4. greenelektron (Posts: 530; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


will wait for the nexus9.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:39 2

5. blitzkreig (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


Scratch that.. Might pick up the samsung tab pro s 8.4 with voice calling instead.. The fonepad seems underpowered..

If i am going to carry such a big phone/tablet, it should be a beast..

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:41

6. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Do you know which telecoms this would work with in the US?

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 22:09

10. yuepc000 (Posts: 16; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


tab pro s is WiFi only from what I know.

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:50 1

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Dat price difference. This is why Singaporeans are willing to go to Malaysia to buy stuff

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 01:50

9. ABC_123 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Jul 2014)


Then go to Batam! It must be cheaper!

posted on 08 Oct 2014, 00:53

8. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Looks pretty decent, although don't seem high end enough, especially the display. 8" now needs a minimum of 1080p.

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