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Asus announces Fonepad - a $249 7" Android slate powered by Intel Atom

0. phoneArena posted on 25 Feb 2013, 06:42

Asus announced the Fonepad today, an affordable 7" Android Jelly Bean tablet with 3G voice and mobile data that place a smartphone in it. The kinky thing about the slate is that it is not powered by an ARM processor, but the new Intel Atom Z2420 with full Android compatibility and good balance of performance and energy efficiency, that allows up to nine hours of battery life during hardware-accelerated 1080p Full HD video decoding...

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posted on 25 Feb 2013, 07:00 3

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

I love metal :)

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 07:31

2. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

Only single-core not dual-core nor quad-core! :(((

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 07:47

4. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; 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.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:17

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...

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 07:39

3. Phaze0085 (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Why didnt you guys type down that it has a rear facing camera? Engadget got it right.

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 08:25

5. Daniel.P (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

Hi, it only has a 1.2 MP front-facing camera

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 10:35

6. Daniel.P (Posts: 108; 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

posted on 25 Feb 2013, 12:40

8. MrWilli5 (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)

no thanks id rather have the nexus 7

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