Just a couple of months ago, Asus unveiled the brand new FonePad – a device that quickly divided critics as one that promised to deliver the best of all worlds but according to others was too big to justify its Smartphone functionality. Nevertheless, Asus promised us a pretty swift release date for the FonePad and they weren’t kidding – the FonePad will officially launch in the UK on April 26th for a price of £179.99.
So, with just a couple of weeks to go until it touches down, what kind of appeal does the Asus FonePad have in the face of such massive competition?
Well, right off the bat it is a 7-inch Tablet Smartphone hybrid that looks a lot like the Nexus 7 and also happens to be made by the same company behind the Nexus 7…so it’s off to a good start in terms of pedigree.
As far as specs and features go, under the hood lies a modest single-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.2GHz, backed by 1GB of RAM and a decent enough 16GB serving of storage space…storage being upgradable with MicroSD. The 7-inch screen delivers an acceptable 1,280 by 800 resolution, Android Jelly Bean sits in the driving seat and the whole package weighs in at a superbly slender 380g.
An agreeable if not particularly blistering setup I’m sure you’ll argue, but when looking at the Asus FonePad from a slightly different perspective, it could prove to be a stroke of genius. In a certain respect, what you’re looking at is a very worthy rival to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which also happens to deliver almost identical functionality and is slated for a pretty imminent released date too.
And while the Galaxy Note 8.0 might have the slight advantage in terms of specs and features, the Asus FonePad is up for preorder in the UK right now for £179.99 ($275), which makes it more than $100 cheaper than the Note and quite superbly capable of holding its own.
We’ll have to wait and see if the FonePad will or won’t launch here in the US, but for the folks over the water at least it’s certainly a tempting alternative given the savings.