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ASUS FonePad is a Budget Jelly Bean Tablet That Doubles As Giant Phone

Steven Blum



ASUS has just announced their new FonePad: a budget 7" Android tablet with phone functionality. The tablet features a 1.2GHz Intel processor, 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an HSPA+ radio. 

The display is 1,280 x 800pixels, which is the same pixel density you'll find on the Nexus 7. Unlike the Nexus 7, however, the FonePad has been dressed up in premium materials, like its smooth metal back, available in gray or gold. The tablet also features a 3MP rear-shooter and 1.2MP camera up front. 

The main "gimmick", though, is the FonePad's ability to place calls. You can actually use the tablet as you would an absolutely ginormous smartphone, though you'll no doubt look ridiculous doing so. I suppose you could also place a call using a bluetooth headset, but why would you if you're also carrying around your smartphone as most humans do these days?

It's also a little strange that ASUS is going head-to-head with the Nexus 7, considering the fact that they make that device, too. ASUS is betting that consumers want phone functionality on their tablets, though, which is why they're offering this tablet for $50 more than the Nexus 7; at $250, it's one expensive gimmick.

That said, I can imagine some folks have been waiting to try out a budget Android with more of a premium feel. It's also possible that Intel's processor will blow away all of our expectations. We shall see!

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  • Mindi Erickson Mar 22, 2013 Link

    Damn it seems like these tablets are getting more sophisticated by the minute. Seems like a week after you buy a tablet it's time to upgrade. I'm happy with the xperia z i found thru tho.

  • Preston Spencer Mar 6, 2013 Link

    I just use the MagicJack Ap on my Nexus.

  • mario lopez Mar 3, 2013 Link

    Can't wait to be the first in my area to have it. Asus fonepad.

  • BEN van der VELDEN Mar 2, 2013 Link

    In AndroidPIT apps I miss : ov9292
    This is the public transport app for the Netherlands

  • Jamie Buchanon Feb 28, 2013 Link

    My Nexus tablet already has the phone function and I have a seperate number that is different than my phone. The app is called Groove Ip and you need a gmail account.

  • Renata Joyner Feb 28, 2013 Link

    Fantastic! Who wants to carry a dinky little smartphone around when you can have everything on a tablet? I love my tablet and almost resent having to carry a phone around as well. Now we just have to wait for Vodafone to come to the party.

  • ShortFuse Feb 27, 2013 Link

    This isn't $50 more than the Nexus 7. It's $50 less. The Nexus 7 with HSPA is $300

  • dave pickford Feb 27, 2013 Link

    ASUS FonePad That Might Be A Great Pice Of Kit
    I own A Tablet With A Sim And Often Wonderd If I Could Make Calls From It
    Might Try It One Day Soon.

  • Feb 26, 2013 Link

    Asus makes decent products. I'm excited to try this new tablet out.