Asus FonePad Note takes aim at Samsung's S-Pen crown

Asus FonePad Note takes aim at Samsung's S-Pen crownConsidering how successful the Samsung Galaxy Note series has been, it's surprising we haven't seen a explosion of stylus-toting rivals emerge to try and steal some of the S-Pen's thunder.

However, now we have this: the Asus FonePad Note, a stylus-equipped 6-inch newcomer rocking a full HD SuperIPS+ display.

Unlike Samsung's popular Note, though, Asus' device that bears the same name is categorised by its maker as a tablet – the little brother to the existing Asus FonePad that was announced back at Mobile World Congress.

That's because it doesn't make calls, though aside from that the difference between smartphone or phablet) and tablet these days is becoming pretty much non-existent. Think of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 – a phone with a screen considerably bigger than this one.

Anyhow, on to the vital statistics. A 1080p resolution is no less than we'd expect given the screen size, but you'll only be getting a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor running at 1.6GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 8MP/1.2MP cameras.

There's no 4G support, though you to get DC-HSPA+ support on 3G.

Like Samsung's S-Pen apps, Asus has supplied a bunch of dedicated stylus-optimised apps, though specifics have yet to be confirmed.

One pleasant inclusion we can tell you about is the presence of front-facing stereo speakers – a consumer electronics staple that's present on far too few mobile devices if you ask us.

Nothing yet on prices or availability, but we'll let you know once we do.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 3, 2013 at 23:29

This is tablet wars all over again: one tab comes, surprises everyone, becomes a hit. The iPad. A couple of hundred Android wannabes all, more or less, fail (there are exceptions - such as Samsung's deals with certain schoolbook publishers etc). Then comes Samsung with something outrageous and surprises everyone: a huge phone - big enough to hide 2 normal sized phones inside. And etc etc ad absurdum.

Stelph  Jun. 4, 2013 at 11:23

The fact that iot doesnt make calls means its not going to appeal as an alternative to people looking at the face covering Galaxy note

That being said, it could certainly do well as long as they price it competitively, lets see it well under £199 please

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 4, 2013 at 16:56

The fact that iot doesnt make calls means its not going to appeal as an alternative to people looking at the face covering Galaxy note

That being said, it could certainly do well as long as they price it competitively, lets see it well under £199 please

Too right, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of people who buy the Note (myself included) buy it as a large phone, not a small tablet. If the N2 couldn't make phone calls and send texts, I never even would have considered buying one.

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