So we’ve heard of the iPhablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note Tabphone and bout a dozen other names for the new Smartphone / Tablet hybrid craze, but this hasn’t stopped Asus adding a new moniker to the mix.
…introducing the Asus Fonepad!
It’s going to be another tricky one to call I’m afraid as the brand-new and undeniably impressive Asus Fonepad is knocking right on the door of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 in terms of devices that are frankly too big to be given anything close to phone branding…or “Fone” in this instance.
Looking at the newly unveiled Asus Fonepad in terms of specs and features on paper, what we’re being presented with is a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and with an Intel Atom Z2320 CPU at the helm. It’s also a 3G device that delivers all of the features you’d expect from a decent Smartphone…a Smartphone with a 7-inch screen.
Said screen is impressive enough and supports 10-point multi-touch with a resolution of 1,280 by 800. Storage options for the Asus Fonepad will be offered at 8GB and 16GB, which can be bumped up a further 32GB with the addition of a micro-SD card. There’s a 3-megapixel rear-shooter to the back and a 1.2-megapixel video-calling camera up front, rounding off a suitably adequate though not exactly blistering package.
Of course, it’s all about bang-for-buck with tablets of this caliber, so how does the Asus Fonepad measure up in terms of price?
The answer again is quite modestly.
Reports posted by Engadget suggest that when the Asus Fonepad release date rolls round for the US, the 8GB version will be up for grabs at $249. And while this is certainly a cheaper price than that of buying a 3G Smartphone and tablet PC separately, is anyone really going to be willing to use a device of such enormous size as their primary cell-phone?
You’ll forgive us for being a little skeptical on this one.