Asus announces Fonepad - a $249 7" Android slate powered by Intel Atom
Extending our long history of collaboration, including most recently on the Ultrabook and Intel-based tablets, we are very excited to be partnering with ASUS again. Intel’s new Atom Z2420 processor delivers the power, performance and flexibility required to accommodate a range of devices and market needs. We think the ASUS Fonepad is a very innovative device in an emerging category of 3G tablets with telephony features.
metallic chassis, yet still weighs only 340g, and with a 10.4mm body is fairly slender, too. Because of the built-in HSPA+ modem and 3G radio, you can browse the Internet on the go or us it for voice calls routed through the noise-cancelling digital microphone.
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
I love metal :)
2. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
Only single-core not dual-core nor quad-core! :(((
4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 783; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
And a underpowered PowerVR SGX540 on top...
Sorry ASUS, not this time, there are much better 7" in the market with lower price and better specs.
7. homersimpsons (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Given that there are no other Android Tablets out there with this type of processor/graphics combination, what is your basis for harping on it?
And what are the better 7" Tablets out there - the Nexus 7 which has no micro SD Card slot and is made of cheap plastic instead of aluminum?
Quotes from PHONEARENA hands-on:
"In fact, you can't really tell what kind of silicon is powering the contraption, as the Jelly Bean interface moves as smooth as we are accustomed to on ARM-based CPUs, so the average person wouldn't even know there is Intel inside."
"The 7" 1280x800 pixel display is of the IPS variety, so the viewing angles are very good, it is bright and with well-defined colors, and we only wish your average laptop came with such screen tech."
"There is a hidden slot compartment at the top, which reveals a microSD and micro SIM slots when you remove the soft-touch plastic cap, hinting at another pleasant surprise with the Fonepad..."
"but the build quality and features for the price more than compensate for this, plus the back is tapered for better grip."
- Read and research before tossing out uninformed comments...
3. Phaze0085 (Posts: 97; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
Why didnt you guys type down that it has a rear facing camera? Engadget got it right.
5. Daniel.P (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Hi, it only has a 1.2 MP front-facing camera
6. Daniel.P (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Actually, the UK version pictured here doesn't seem to have a rear camera, while the unit we tested in our hands-on had a 3 MP one