Asus Fonepad 8 launches this month for around $200

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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Fonepad 8
  • Display 8.0" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Quad-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC

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10 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

3. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Will pick this up if and when it launches in India

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

will wait for the nexus9.

5. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 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..

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

10. yuepc000

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

tab pro s is WiFi only from what I know.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

9. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

Then go to Batam! It must be cheaper!

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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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