At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Asus proved again it’s a company not afraid to innovate with the launch of the Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet with voice call capability. What really makes the Fonepad enticing is its price, at just £179 it’s fantastic value.
We had some hands-on time with the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with the Asus Pad Infinity here are our first impressions.
The Fonepad’s styling doesn’t ovewhelm, but despite the price point the use of metal ensures it feels like a high-quality product. The 7-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 1280×800, which is fairly standard at this price and ensures text is crisp when browsing the web.
Inside there’s an Intel Atom Z2420 processor, during our hands-on time Fonepad feels quick from our brief hands-on time. The version coming to the UK offers 16GB internal storage, expandable by up to 32GB using a microSD card.
There’s a 1.2-megapixel camera, but no flash, which is pretty underwhelming, but the majority of people don’t buy a tablet on the basis of its camera, it’s there for the odd snap and making video calls.
The Asus Fonepad will be available in late Q2, so there’s a few months to wait yet before it hits the shelves.. It’s biggest rivals are the Apple iPad Mini, (which it undercuts by around £100), the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and of course the Google Nexus 7, which is £20 less, but doesn’t have voice call capabilities or expandable storage.