Asus FonePad pre-orders open on Friday, stock arriving on April 26

Asus FonePad pre-orders open on Friday, stock arriving on April 26Remember the Asus FonePad that was announced at Mobile World Congress? Last we heard it was destined to launch during Q2 at a price of £179.99.

Well guess what? The price is right, and the Q2 bit is right too – and it's soon in Q2 too, in fact the smartphone-tablet hybrid will be available to pre-order this very week ahead of stock arriving on April 26.

Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Sainsbury's will be taking pre-orders for the Android 4.1 device from Friday (April 12), which in case you haven't noticed is a couple of weeks before the FonePad itself will be landing.

In terms of spec it's not a million miles away from another similarly priced 7-incher made by Asus, the Google Nexus 7.

The FonePad comes equipped with a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, which is on the low end of things but seems up to the task of powering a 1280 x 800 display – or so Asus believes.

The base version will come with 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot and microSIM slot to fulful the “Fone” part of its title, while the battery is a meaty 4,270mAh unit supposedly capable of up to 10 hours of HD video playback.

An interesting variation on the sadly predictable 7-inch tablet theme, and for that alone the Asus FonePad is worth its place on the product shelves for our money. But what about your money – are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2013 at 22:17

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.

Peacekeeper13  Apr. 8, 2013 at 23:44

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.

Think a moment, the P1000 cost over £100 more than this without these specs. The only worry I have with this device is the single core. However, if Asus and Intel actually manage to pull this off, you'll have an affordable solution to all mobile needs. I have a feeling that thrifty tech-heads will actually make this device the IPad killer... I think Asus are onto a winner here.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 9, 2013 at 00:33

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.

Think a moment, the P1000 cost over £100 more than this without these specs. The only worry I have with this device is the single core. However, if Asus and Intel actually manage to pull this off, you'll have an affordable solution to all mobile needs. I have a feeling that thrifty tech-heads will actually make this device the IPad killer... I think Asus are onto a winner here.

The P1000 did have high end specs when it was released, wasn't is basically a massive original Galaxy S?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 9, 2013 at 00:38

It was pretty highend for the time. Fast etc... Problem was there were zero tablet optimised apps...

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 9, 2013 at 08:14

If this would be Z2760 running full version of Window 8 with calling features it might have worked, but with Z2420 there are serious doubts.

Stelph  Apr. 9, 2013 at 09:30

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.

Think a moment, the P1000 cost over £100 more than this without these specs. The only worry I have with this device is the single core. However, if Asus and Intel actually manage to pull this off, you'll have an affordable solution to all mobile needs. I have a feeling that thrifty tech-heads will actually make this device the IPad killer... I think Asus are onto a winner here.

The P1000 did have high end specs when it was released, wasn't is basically a massive original Galaxy S?


It was pretty high end when released but from memory it cost over £399 when launched which was why it flopped, not because it was a bad product (everyone I knew who had one loved it)

Comparing this to the Nexus 7 3G it looks like a solid contender tbh, I would probably recommned spending that extra and getting the Nexus for £240-odd but for the sub £200 there isnt really a competitor so think itll do ok. Would LOVE to see some dual booting hacking going on with that atom processor, imagine a rudamentory windows partition on this little thing

lutin  Apr. 9, 2013 at 11:28

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.


Is it not less about it being able to make calls and more about it always having access to the internet?

corgi74  Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:50

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.

Think a moment, the P1000 cost over £100 more than this without these specs. The only worry I have with this device is the single core. However, if Asus and Intel actually manage to pull this off, you'll have an affordable solution to all mobile needs. I have a feeling that thrifty tech-heads will actually make this device the IPad killer... I think Asus are onto a winner here.



£100 more? Try £679.99 RRP when it came out!!!!!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 9, 2013 at 13:06

You all disregard that you can now buy a £200 smartphone that would beat all flagships from 2010 in terms of specs and features. ;)

Pallo  Apr. 11, 2013 at 03:22

They will at least get one buyer and I intend to buy two one for me and one for my wife.

are you tempted by a 7in tablet that can make calls? Let us know...
2 1/2 years ago the Samsung P1000 was launched... It sold 100 million times because people couldn't get enough of making phone calls with a 7-in slab.
Wait, no... come to think of it, the P1000 flopped.

Think a moment, the P1000 cost over £100 more than this without these specs. The only worry I have with this device is the single core. However, if Asus and Intel actually manage to pull this off, you'll have an affordable solution to all mobile needs. I have a feeling that thrifty tech-heads will actually make this device the IPad killer... I think Asus are onto a winner here.

The P1000 did have high end specs when it was released, wasn't is basically a massive original Galaxy S?


It was pretty high end when released but from memory it cost over £399 when launched which was why it flopped, not because it was a bad product (everyone I knew who had one loved it)

Comparing this to the Nexus 7 3G it looks like a solid contender tbh, I would probably recommned spending that extra and getting the Nexus for £240-odd but for the sub £200 there isnt really a competitor so think itll do ok. Would LOVE to see some dual booting hacking going on with that atom processor, imagine a rudamentory windows partition on this little thing

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