Asus FonePad review: first look

Asus FonePad review: first look

Another gadget introduced by Asus at MWC 2013 is the FonePad, which combines the functions of a phone and a tablet. But at the same time, unlike PadFone, it has no removable parts. It looks like an ordinary 7-inch tablet. It's made of aluminum, and the price ranges from $ 220 in Europe to $ 250 in Asia, as well as the Nexus 7. However, the novelty uses the Intel Atom Z2420 processor, not ARM.

Asus FonePad smartphone features

As already mentioned, Asus FonePad is based on the Intel Atom Z2420 chipset with a 1.2 GHz 1-core processor, 1 GB RAM and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Otherwise, the gadget will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

FonePad has a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. The viewing angles and the contrast are very good. At first glance, it seems to be better than the Nexus 7.

In general, the device is a fairly simple 7-inch tablet with the possibility of telephony. But this solution is not new, as Samsung has already launched "tablets" with voice call support.

Asus FonePad: side view

The gadget will be sold at the same price as the Nexus 7, but it has several advantages. Last but not least, this is a higher quality 7-inch WXGA screen than the Nexus in terms of contrast and viewing angles.

The Asus FonePad also has a microSD card slot, and the built-in memory is 8 or 16 GB, depending on the version. Devices with 16 GB of memory will be sold in Europe, and in the Asia-Pacific region – with 8 GB and a 3.2 megapixel rear camera.

The weight and dimensions of the FonePad are almost identical to the Nexus, but the new product has a metal cover.

Asus FonePad: Back

But the biggest difference compared to Nexus is the availability of telephony. There is a Google tablet with 3G support but no voice calls.

Asus FonePad has its disadvantages. Works on Android 4.1, not version 4.2, such as Asus PadFone Infinity.

By studying the specifications of the Intel Atom Z2420 chipset, we can conclude that the tablet will not be the fastest device. And you'll be right, it's pretty slow. We present the results of the Quadrant test, which confirms the above.

Dial for Asus FonePad

The price of the device is low enough to make the tablet attractive, given the metal casing, good screen, expandable memory and ability to make voice calls.

That's all we can say for now. Soon we will try to do a more detailed review of Asus FonePad.

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