We have known for a while that ASUS was working on a range of tablets and phone-tablet hybrids, so the company’s unveiling of the new and improved Fonepad 7 wasn’t really a surprise. ASUS use the name ‘Fonepad’ to mean a device that is a hybrid of a smartphone and a tablet with all the features of regular phones including making calls.
The new Fonepad 7 is a 7 inch tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixels display and is powered by an Intel Atom Z560 1.6 GHz dual-core processor. The major differences between this new model and the older Fonpad 7 model according to ASUS is the better processor – but it’s still an Atom and dual-core and the dual front-facing speakers. The only other notable improvement on this refresh is the 5 megapixels rear camera.
Other core specs of this new 7 incher are the 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory and a microSD card slot (up to 64 GB cards), PowerVR SGX 544MP2 graphics, runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (that’s decent enough) and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity hardware. As you can see from these specs, the new Fonepad 7 is not particularly a high end tablet and would never take on market leaders like Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle and Samsung’s range of Galaxy Note and Tab tablets, perhaps ASUS was aiming at keeping the retail price of the tablet as low as possible.
So, if you are a school-goer or just someone checking out budget 7 inch Android tablets new in the market, you may want to check out this promo video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z73vOUAZ1qk.