Longing to get your hands on a tablet that doubles as a phone? You don’t have to wait much longer. Starting from today, the Carphone Warehouse, Amazon, and Sainsburys will begin taking pre-orders for the Asus FonePad, a 7-inch tablet that can also make and receive phone calls thanks to its cellular connectivity. The FonePad is priced to sell too, as it costs just £179.99.
The specifications compare favourably to the Nexus 7 too. The FonePad comes with Intel’s Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2Ghz, along with a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s also a microSD card slot for additional storage up to 32GB. Everything is running on a 4,270mAh battery that Asus says is good for up to 9 hours.
Even if you’re not interested in using a tablet to make phone calls, it should still be an enticing option for anyone looking for a budget tablet. The FonePad comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 with an update to 4.2 already in the works, and the microSD card slot is a great addition for those who want to upgrade their storage somewhere down the line.
The price is the real kicker, though. If you want a 3G radio on the Nexus 7, you’ll have to jump to the 32GB model and pay £239. The FonePad, then, looks to be extremely tempting given the £179.99 price point. Pre-orders kick off today, with the tablet set to be officially released on April 26th. In the meantime, take a peek at our unboxing video and stay tuned for a full review.