The ASUS Fonepad is real, having been formally introduced to the world earlier today in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. The collaboration with Intel sees phone and tablet meshed together in perfect harmony, and keeps everything at a pretty competitive price. Like the Galaxy Note 8.0, the Fonepad has an earpiece on the front along with its phone capabilities. 

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We've mocked the thought of holding something the size of a tablet to the side of our faces, but it seems ASUS is pretty serious on that train of thought. As this promotional video for the new device shows, its considered perfectly natural to be out in public and hold a 7-inch device to the side of your head. Crazy? Maybe. We'll reserve judgment for now, but jump into the comments below and let us know what you guys think. 

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ASUS Fonepad promo video suggests they really see you holding a tablet to your head

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I agree with Asus and this 7 inch devices thing are inching toward that exact size definitely in 2014. Face it folks the Galaxy Note 2 at 5.5 inches and all the wonderful software and features began this journey in success and in October 2013 the Galaxy Note 3 at 6.3 inches will be in the house and ready for purchase from me. So now the Galaxy Note 3 and Asus padphone these devices will be taken extremely seriously. I applaud this direction 100%

You don't need to hold it up to your head with all the Bluetooth headsets out there. Motorola makes headphones to listen to music with and answer calls wirelessly via Bluetooth. Be nice to have access to a large screen and not have to carry around 2 devices that essentially do the same thing. I'd buy one if they'd ever come to the U.S.

This would make more sense if they included fantastic headphones with a mic or a great Bluetooth headset. No one is holding this device to their ear,especially women.

I can't think of the last time "fantastic headphones..." were included in any phone. I'll take my Jawbone any day. As for their line of thinking, it does make sense that we look at our phones more than we have them held to our ears. In fact, I'd estimate that 80% of the time I'm on the phone, its via my Jawbone anyway.

It takes forever to say virtually nothing.

Just start HERE and understand you do not want to be seen engaging in this level of douchebaggery.

Looks like a bad SNL parody, to me. Right down to the cheesy music.

But, I do agree with the sentiment. I don't make phone calls. Really, I don't. I use less than 100 minutes a month on my Note 2. The only person I talk to on the phone with any regularity is my mom, and only because she's not a text'r or e-mail'r.

I used my Nexus 7 as a phone for almost a month while was waiting on my new phone. It actually wasn't that bad. I never held it up to my ear though. I used a set of OEM Samsung ear-buds with GrooveIP and it worked just fine. I think this is a niche market but they can make some money on it.

for as many things as ASUS does well, and the neat products they bring to market, what the Fuck is this? They might sell 5 or 6 of these... to people who don't realize it's a phone...

Roll back to 2009 when they were saying the same thing about 4"+ screens.

Roll back to 2011 when they were saying the same thing about the Galaxy Note.

Roll back to 1 hour ago when they were saying the same thing about this.

EXACTLY!

Who are these people shunning holding a 7 inch screen to their ear? The same people who will be doing it in 6 months...

According the one of the posters above I guess I'll be one of the 6 people who buy this. Shit for 250 it's a no brainer. I hardly talk on my phone. As a matter of fact I despise it. lol. And when I do I could care less what the hell other people think. But the fact is I still need to keep voice features around.

All I know is I'll only be needing one device. Question is, is it this or the Note 8. I'm thinking Samsung is going to price the Note 8 something stupid like 700 bucks. Tacking on 50 bucks for a 39 dollar HSPA module makes sense. Tacking on 500 bucks is redonkulous. That ASUS guy is cooky but I like him.

Ah, No.

7 inches is simply ridiculously huge and hard to hold.

Watch the video and see how poorly it fits in your hand, how awkwardly you have to old it. Its not the same thing as going form a three inch phone to a 4 inch phone.

By your logic, people will be holding 10 inch tablets up to their ear soon.

Seeing people hold this to their head is about as bad as seeing people using their iPad as their camera of choice.

That's actually pretty funny. Whenever I see people doing that my first thought is, "Blew all your money on that iPad huh?"... I think using an iPad as a camera is a lil worse than holding this to your ear. Note is 5.5 inches. This is only an inch and a half more. Not so bad. ;)

I can see the appeal with using headphones or a bluetooth headset but to hold it up and use it as a conventional phone... I laugh already with someone using a Note. How is it supposed to fit in your pocket? I'm sure they will come up with a helmet to help with that, IT JUST SNAPS IN PLACE!!

That is just too awesome. What makes it even funnier is when my brother's saw my Note 2 they would pick up my Nexus 7 and pretend it was the actual phone. Now I see just how ridiculous holding a 7 inch phone to your head would actually be.

The idea of putting that slab to your head should be laughed into obscurity!

Wow can I be a designer too. Ill make it my life's work never to put something large by your head again. KTHNXBAI

I just looked at my "recent" calls list. I made/received a total of 3 calls in the last week (and one of them was to tell my parents to turn their Skype app on.)

Honestly, if I carried a tablet around daily, I would be fine with looking like a dink once or twice a week if it meant I didn't have to carry a tablet and a phone.

Just so I'm clear, yeah I think you'd look like a nerd, but I'd be ok with that for the extremely few times I'd actually use it as a phone, held up to my ear.

-Suntan

On the one hand, I have to agree with everyone who says they hardly ever use their phone to actually make voice calls. The only times I can actually say I call people is when I am driving and it isn't safe to text (and at that point I'm using a headset). Under those circumstances a 7" phone is perfectly fine.

On the other hand, holding up a giant phone to your face has a somewhat retro look that the hipsters should love.

Galaxy note 2 is already borderline ridiculous for a phone, a 7 inch tablet as a phone will fail so badly. I'm hoping we are reaching a breaking point where manufacturers are going to start slimming down the size. I still refer a smaller 4/4.3 inch phone and enjoy a 10 inch tablet. This is getting stupid

The Galaxy Note 2 is the BEST ultimate all purpose productivity device ever made period. The size is amazing and the future of technology is growing thanks to Samsung and Asus as well as Lg and Hauwei. Time to understand that what you're comment details isn't reality. The Galaxy Note 3 will be 6.3 inch at 1080p 4200mAh battery and Exynos 5 Octa processor, 3gb of ram, 16 meg camera and 3.0 front facing camera. Again the best all purpose productivity device. No need to carry 2 devices ever again put that 4.3 inch phone down.

Honestly, I wouldn't give a shit holding a seven inch tablet to my ear to talk on the phone. I don't really care how silly it looks. I DO care about carrying it around though.. it's not like this can fit in your pocket... I don't want to carry a tablet in my back pocket at all time..

I REALLY REALLY wish the PADFONE 2 was a decent price, sold in the US, and had a keyboard dock.. It's like they were so close, but missed.

I am going to get one just because, but I will never hold it up to my head. I would rather miss the call. IEM's with mic, bluetooth, or video chat only.

It looks a little weird holding it up it would be usable for short calls or just use a headset. I like that assuming the right frequencies it could use the Tmobile/Walmart 5GB plan which is blocked form from the Nexus 7. But if it is my one device, i'd like to have a slightly better camera on the back.

I didn't catch if it had Bluetooth or not, but if it did, just imagine instead of putting the tablet to your ear you just used small earpiece for calls. May not be too stupid of an idea to have a 7" phone :)

Cmon Asus your better than this I have never held my nexus 7 to my ear, even doh i use a 3rd party app for texting and talking ive always used a headset n thats on a rare occasion.

I don't think it will be that bad if they had a companion stylus pen resembling to that of the original padfone... If only.

I don't see what the big deal is. I wouldn't mind holding a 7" phone/tablet to my ear. I just wish it could fit in my pocket.