Asus probably doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves for its recent 7in Jelly Bean-fuelled tablet hit, which is often simply referred to as the Nexus 7, or – at best – the Google Nexus 7. Poor Asus.
However, the Taiwanese look set to steal some of the 7in limelight with this interesting chap, namely the Asus FonePad.
We’ve already looked at the spanking new PadFone Infinity today, which adopts Asus’ now-familiar smartphone/tablet shell set-up. The Asus FonePad, on the other hand, is a comparatively simple phablet.
Asus FonePad specs include a 7in display (1280 x 800), 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 processor, 1GB of RAM, 3MP rear camera, 1.2MP front snapper, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), 4,270mAh battery, and an HSPA+ radio.
Yes, that latter component means we’re looking at a device with similar phone/tablet functionality to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
"The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the FonePad a perfect combination of tablet and phone in one single device,” yells Jonney Shih, Asus’ Chairman.
Interestingly, the Asus FonePad UK price weighs in at just £179. That gets you a 16GB Asus FonePad, and it welcomes additional storage (up to 32GB) via its microSD slot.
Fancy it? The Asus FonePad will arrive in the UK in late Q2, though we’re told “Exact pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to launch.”