Asus has taken the center stage over at Computex 2014 and presented some of its upcoming devices to hit the market this year. One of these devices is the Asus FonePad 8 (FE380CG) which is an 8-inch tablet with built-in 3G connectivity and phone functionality. This means that the device make and receive phone calls as well as text messages.
- Processor: 64-bit Intel Atom processor Z3560 (up to 1.83GHz, Quad Core)
- OS: Android 4.4
- Memory: 1 GB, 2×32-bit LPDDR 3
- Storage: 8GB/16GB (5GB of ASUS WebStorage space for life; with an additional 11GB for the first year)
- Display: 8″ WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS panel 10 fingers multi-touch Anti-fingerprint coating
- Graphic: IMG PowerVR Series 6 – G6430
- Camera: 2MP Front Camera / 5MP Rear Camera
- Network: DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76Mbps/DL:42Mbps, 3G (WCDMA : 2100/1900/850/900 (I/II/V/VIII)),2G (EDGE/GSM : 1900/1800/900/850)
- Battery: 10 hours battery life 15.2Wh Li-polymer Battery
- Sensor: G-sensor / Proximity / Light sensor / E-compass / Hall sensor
- Navigation: GPS / A-GPS / GLONASS
- Dimension: 120 x 214 x 8.9mm
- Weight: 328g
The Asus FonePad 8 uses a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3560 quad-core Moorefield processor and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with the Zen UI running on top. The device has a nice 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and has an extremely thin bezel of only 5.06mm.
The main selling point of this tablet is its ability to connect not just to one mobile network but two thanks to its dual-SIM functionality. This allows users to assign a specific SIM for calls and text messages while the other SIM may be assigned to access mobile data.
One other interesting feature of this device is its dual front speakers with SonicMaster-enhanced audio. This makes it one of the best mobile devices for watching movies or playing games as it can provide an immersive audio experience.
There’s still no information how much this device will cost or when it will become available in the market.
For consumers who think that an 8-inch tablet is just large for them then the company is also offering the Asus Fonepad 7 (FE375CG) has similar specs to the 8-inch model save for its use of a 7-inch display with the same resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.