ASUS Fonepad

ASUS takes the stage at Mobile World Congress 2013 today, and ahead of their event they have announced the Fonepad -- a 7-inch tablet with full 3G data and voice services using a new Intel ATOM processor.

ASUS and Intel have a long partnership and Hermann Eul, Intel vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group, states that the "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.”

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The full specs of the Fonepad weren't given but we do know the ATOM Z2420 is paired with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and sit under a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display with 10-point multitouch. 

We were told ASUS has no plans to release the Fonepad in North America, but we should see it in UK late Q2 2013. Pricing will start at a suggested retail of £179 (inc VAT). Exact pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to launch. Follow the break for the full press release.

ASUS Announces Fonepad™
ASUS’ latest mobile lifestyle device features built-in 3G for fast mobile data and full telephony support along with the versatility and power of a 7” tablet

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™ a perfect combination of 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 ideal 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 a 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 to its full 3G telephony support, Fonepad™ can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or a Bluetooth headset. With just one mobile data plan to pay for, running costs are also much lower than those of a separate smartphone and 3G tablet.

Fonepad™ will be available in the UK with 16GB of internal storage and up to 32GB of additional storage with a microSD card. All models feature a front 1.2-megapixel camera for easy video chat and 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 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 different 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 hard-shell case for Fonepad™ that features a soft interior to keep the screen clean and a built-in stand that places the screen at a perfect angle for watching video.

 

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ASUS announces 7-inch Fonepad; 3G data and voice on Intel Atom

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If we were looking to find out where the limitations of how big a phone can go were, I think we might have found it. I get the hybrid concept (its pretty cool), but I dont see myself holding this up the the side of my head walking around having a conversation. But then again who really calls anyone anymore?

Well, I just measured the handset part of my traditional phone sitting on my office desk. It is about 8" long.

People seem to have forgotten that we used to talk on phones that actually spanned the distance from our ear to our mouth. We haven't always stuck a speaker to our ears and then shouted into space so a mic half way up our cheek could pick up the sound.

In any case, I'm not too interested in paying to have a cell plan for a tablet. As my tablets mostly stay at home. I'd much rather just carry a phone in my pocket.

However, for the type of person that carries a tablet around with them all day, I can see the attraction of being able to get rid of their phone.

If 3rd party case makers come out with some clever ways to package a BT earpiece holder onto the case, I could see these being a hit.

-Suntan

Faster, bigger, MOAR!!! I love this. We're steadily approaching the point where every possible hardware variation or combination will be available from some manufacturer and we can just buy whatever fits our personal needs.

Cue the trolls whining about "it's too big" in 3, 2, 1...

Idk, I'm buying my dad the phone version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 for Christmas. I'm quite happy with my note 2, but that's not me saying it's too big, it's just me saying it really doesn't feel like that much of an upgrade. I'll be waiting for either the Note 3 or the Note 8.0 2 too upgrade.

I read this article while drinking coffee. Now I feel the need to bill ASUS for the dry cleaning bill for my shirt because I laughed so hard I shot coffee out of my nose. 7" screen which means this thing is at least 7.5" diagonal due to bezel. Seriously 5" to 5.5" in reality is about as big as big can be for a phone and remain pocketable. This is just plain silly.

it is a tablet with phone capabilities, ok?

no one in reality would walk around with this in their pocket, your right- thats just plain silly. But, pair a bluetooth headset and it makes more sense.

Laugh all you want but this is what a large number of people have been waiting for, myself included. Why carry two devices if I can carry one that is both. I barely use my cell for phone call, mainly simple texting. The few times I need to use my cell for calls will be just fine on this size. To each their own though!

You seem like one of those silly kids wearing their skinny jeans.

"Is thems from Beyonce's new line? I gots to get me two of those! Them got thems in purple?"

For reference, youtube "Shit gangsters should not say"

A little disappointed it's running the Lexington chip versus the Clovertrail+ but I suppose there's no replacement for real-world testing.

It's not coming to the US so it's a non factor in the states. Just like Samsung's Note 8 that will not have call capability in the US version.

I saw on Youtube where Shih said that it is coming to US, in March, and will have the 3mp rear camera and 8gb internal storage. Europe version doesn't have the rear camera, and has 16gb storage. Is this not correct?

I like this idea. Personally, I don't receive many phone calls on my smartphone. In fact, I use my phone for web related and messaging purposes far more than I use it for a phone. Sure, it may be inconvenient to carry such a large device everywhere, but you really don't have to get rid of your phone. If I was just going to and from work, I would take the fonepad because I don't make or receive many phone calls during work days. If I was going to a club and didn't want to lug around the fonepad, I could simply pull out the sim card and put it into my phone and presto! back to a pocket device. Furthermore, the price is on par with 7 inch wifi only tablets, so if you are in the market for one of those, this is a no-brainer. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that Asus is good with Android updates. For that, the Nexus 7 is king. It will be a tough choice between the fonepad and a Nexus 4 for an unlocked device, but I am very interested in the fonepad.