Home Reviews Mobile Devices Asus 3G Fonepad 7 here in June

The mini tablet market is starting to show promise and the new Asus Fonepad 3G (8GB RRP $329) will offer some compelling reasons over other contender’s offerings.

Back in February we wrote about the impending arrival of the Asus Fonepad 7 and it is now a little closer – June is the new launch date.

First it is a smartphone and it has exceeded the limits of ‘pocketability’. But it kind of blows say, Huawei’s 6.1” Ascend Mate 3G at $429 out of the market.

Next it’s a tablet – ditto.

Next it uses Intel’s latest Atom Z2420 processor and it won’t be a slouch compared to the competitors ARM offerings – so ditto.

Technical specifications include

General

2G Network

GSM 850   / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA   850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

SIM

Micro-SIM

Announced

2013,   February

Status

Available   June 2013

 

Body

Dimensions

196.4 x   120.1 x 10.4 mm (7.73 x 4.73 x 0.41 in)

Weight

340 g   (11.99 oz)

 

Display

Type

IPS LCD   capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

1280 x   800 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch

10   point

 

Sound

Alert types

Vibration,   MP3 ringtones

Loudspeaker  

Yes

3.5mm jack  

Yes

 

Memory

Card slot

microSD,   up to 32 GB

Internal

8 or 32   GB, 1 GB RAM

 

Data

GPRS

Class   10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 - 48 kbps

EDGE

Class   10, 236.8 kbps

Speed

HSDPA   21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi   802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes,   v3.0 with A2DP

USB

Yes,   microUSB v2.0

 

Camera

Primary

3.15   MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus (selected markets only)

Features

Geo-tagging

Video

Yes,   720p

Secondary

Yes,   1.2 MP

 

Features

OS

Android   OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Intel   Atom Z2420 / Intel Atom Z2460

CPU

1.2 GHz   / 1.6 GHz

GPU

PowerVR   SGX540

Sensors

Accelerometer,   proximity, compass

Messaging

SMS(threaded   view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML5

Radio

No

GPS

Yes,   with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes,   via Java MIDP emulator

Colors

Titanium   Gray, Champagne Gold

 

- SNS   integration
  - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  - MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
  - MP4/H.264/H.263 player
  - Organizer
  - Document viewer
  - Photo viewer/editor
  - Voice memo/dial
  - Predictive text input (Swype)

 

Battery

 

Non-removable   Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery (16 Wh)

Stand-by

 

Talk time

Up to 9   h (751 stand-by)

We look forward to reviewing this as soon as possible.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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