Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday February 25, 2013.
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ASUS already has a PadFone that can be a Android phone or a tablet when connected to a smartphone accessory, but the company today announced the Fonepad, an Android tablet that's capable of making phone calls without any add-ons. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet that has HSPA+ connectivity to enable both web data and 3G voice calls. While you typically don't see people making phone calls on a tablet, the feature has been built into Fonepad. (It's worth noting that this is a tablet capable of making voice calls, not a smartphone. The calling feature probably won't be available if or when the Fonepad is released in the U.S.)
A 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor powers the Asus Fonepad. The tablet has a 7-inch IPS display with 1280x800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot. It also features a 3 megapixel rear camera and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The Fonepad's 4,270 mAh battery will keep the tablet running for an extended period of time.
ASUS says that the Fonepad will go on sale in the UK in late Q2 2013 for GBP 179 ($270) VAT included. More price and spec details will be released closer to the device's launch date.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.