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Asus Announces the Fonepad, a 7-inch Tablet With an Intel Atom Processor and Voice Calling

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After announcing the new Padfone Infinity, Asus had one more trick up their sleeves before calling it a day at Mobile World Congress. They unveiled the Fonepad (yes, that’s like the opposite of Padfone), a 7″ tablet with full voice and data capabilities. There are no docking tricks here, this is strictly a tablet, but one that can make calls and crush data on the go over HSPA+ networks.

Inside, you’ll find a Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1, a 1280×800 HD display, HSPA+ radios, 8/16GB storage options, microSD cart slot, 1.2MP front camera, and a 3MP rear camera. Asus also tossed in some exclusive apps Floating App, SuperNote lite, and WebStorage Office Online.

The tablet is ultimately being sold as a device for viewing and consuming content on a larger screen, but that still has the ability to do the basics, like make phone calls.

Availability starts in March. The 8GB model will run €219. 

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ASUS Announces 7-inch Fonepad with 3G Mobile Data and Voice-Calling

Built-in 3G for fast mobile data and full telephony support give two-in-one
flexibility at a competitive price

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain (25th February, 2013) — ASUS today announced Fonepad™, a competitively priced handheld with 3G voice and mobile data for all the features of a smartphone, with the versatility of a 7-inch tablet. Powered by a new Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor with Android 4.1, Fonepad™ features a vibrant HD display with IPS technology for wide viewing angles and outstanding clarity.

“It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles,” said Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman. “The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support, makes the Fonepad™ the perfect combination of a tablet and phone in one single device.”

“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,” said Hermann Eul, Intel® vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. “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.”

Beautiful metallic design with Intel® Atom™ performance

ASUS Fonepad™ is perfect for people who value both the voice communication features of a smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, but prefer the convenience of carrying just one device. Fonepad™ is a sleek and compact tablet with a metallic design that can be held comfortably in one hand, thanks to its light 340g weight and slim 10.4mm profile. Powered by the latest Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor with full Android compatibility, Fonepad™ features perfect balance of performance and energy efficiency, with hardware-accelerated 1080p Full HD video decoding and up to nine hours of battery life.

The 7-inch screen features 10-point multi-touch, and a crisp 1280 x 800 HD resolution for crisp, readable web page text and incredibly detailed photos. IPS technology ensures vibrant color with 178-degree wide viewing angles, and images that are clear and bright, even outdoors.

Built-in 3G for mobile data and voice calls

Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data means ASUS Fonepad™ is an always-connected mobile device for seamless web browsing, fast downloads from Google Play Store, and smooth streaming of audio and video. Thanks full 3G telephony support, Fonepad™ can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or a Bluetooth headset — and with just one mobile data plan to pay for, running costs are much lower than a separate smartphone and 3G tablet.

Fonepad™ is available with 8GB or 16GB of storage, and also has an SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage. All models feature a front 1.2-megapixel for easy video chat and an optional rear 3-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording. ASUS SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves ensures clear, well-rounded sound quality.

Exclusive ASUS apps and accessories for greater productivity

ASUS Fonepad™ comes with a number of exclusive ASUS productivity apps: Floating App for easy management of running apps and simpler multi-tasking; SuperNote lite for handwritten notes and drawing; and WebStorage Office Online for Microsoft Office-compatible document editing on the move. Fonepad™ users also get 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage for syncing and sharing data with other devices.

Two new optional accessories are also available for Fonepad. Available in four snazzy colors, VersaSleeve 7 is a wraparound cover with a folding design that both protects Fonepad™, and props up the screen in two different positions for typing and watching video. Turn Case is a lightweight hardshell case for Fonepad™ that features with a soft interior that keeps keep the screen clean and a built-in stand that puts the screen at the perfect angle for watching video.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Fonepad™ and accessories will be available from March 2013. Prices start from €219 (MSRP) for the 8GB Fonepad™ with rear three-megapixel camera. VersaSleeve has an MSRP of €19.99 and Turn Case an MSRP of €39.99. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information. Exact pricing and specifications will vary by market. Please confirm full pricing and availability with your local ASUS representative.

WHERE TO FIND ASUS AT MWC

Location: ASUS MWC Product Showroom
ASUS Business Suite, Hall 2, 2C70,
Fira Gran Via
Av. Joan Carles I, 64 08908
L’Hospitalet de Llobregat,
Barcelona, Spain

Opening hours: 25th February, 3pm to 7pm
26th to 27th February, 7.30am to 7pm
28th February, 7.30am to 4pm

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2011 was approximately US$11.9 billion.

  • Xavier Spruill

    The next time ASUS gets my money, it will be for a device running Ubuntu OS… unless Google buys them out and incorporates their technology into future Android releases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.dula.7 Jesse Dula

    I want a 7″ tablet w/ phone capability. I text more than I use the phone anyway, and for the times when I need a to actually make a call, a bluetooth headset wwould be fine.

    Too bad North America won’t see this anytime soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    Let me get this straight… The Padphone Infinity has a 1080p display on a 5 inch screen. This has a 1280×800 display on a 7 inch screen. Logical.

    • zurginator

      This has 1/4th the cost. It’s more a budget device than a spec battle device.

  • jmasterj

    Seems like a cheaper Nexus 7 3G.

  • joejoe5709

    Meh. I don’t need a 6″ phablet let alone a 7″ one. Specs are a slightly disappointing as well. If it were a true phablet, I’d expect better cameras.

    • zurginator

      $250. Asus has to make money somehow you know. :P

  • Kernschatten

    Now this could work with T-Mobile’s $30 pre-paid plan with 100 minutes of talk, unlimited texting and 5gb of data.

    T-Mobile has the N7 3G blocked from the plan, but this supports voice…

  • JakeS41

    I can’t wait for my new 42″ Panasonic PlasmaFone!!! Nothing like making calls on the big screen!

  • spunker88

    If devs could find a way to get other x86 operating systems to boot on this, like Ubuntu or even Windows it would be pretty awesome. But I haven’t seen anything like this happening on other x86 Android devices.

  • Brickleberry

    Its a N7 with true calling capabilities.
    Though my N7 works just fine for voice cals and texting.

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    I was going to be sarcastic about this, then realized that I make calls on my nexus 7 a few times a week.

    • D4niel

      But you don’t hold it up to your head to do it.

      • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

        I use the headphones that came with my GNex.

        • themainstrm

          Where did you get headphones with a Galaxy Nexus?

          • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

            Verizon.

      • michael arazan

        Just use bluetooth headsets, what’s the prob with that. People don’t want to carry a phone and a tablet, and people want larger screens, I would totally buy a tablet with phone capabilities for my everyday phone as long as my bluetooth head set reaches 30 feet with the tablet