Asus FonePad - Want a tablet and phone together?
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Overview: We now have official Fonepad details! It's a 7-inch Android tablet with 3G mobile data and voice calling. Price is expected to be €219 for the 8GB model. When and where can you buy? Don't expect this in the United States or Canada. Expect to see availability in Asia and Europe right now. Reviews have been very positive about the Fonepad.
Update: We've just learned that there will be a processor update to the FonePad. There will be a new model with a 1.6Ghz Z2460 in comparison to the current 1.2GHz Z2420. In addition, this newer model will have 32GB compared to the current 16GB. It's unclear if this new model will be available outside of Taiwain, but we will try to find out more details. More on this new model here.
For £179.99, you can preorder starting on April 12, 2013. It should be in-stores by the end of the month. No news on other countries just yet.
It's about 2 weeks before we will know for sure the details about the Asus FonePad tablet. There was a story this week about it and at first glance it seemed very far fetched. Afterall, Asus already has the Padfone which is a smartphone that docks into a tablet. So now Digitimes is coming out with a pretty specific story about the FonePad. Reports (unconfirmed) indicate that this may be known as the ME371MG or ME371 FonePad. On
February 8, CNET wrote and article with sources that confirmed the FondPad. In that article they referred to it as an Asus phablet (a larger than normal smartphone which is almost like a mini tablet). What I personally find interesting is that 7-inches is larger than most of the other phablets on the market. With that said, is it possible that it's actually smaller than 7-inches? There are also rumours that the phone calls of the FonePad will be made through an accessory. If the ME371MG is in fact 7-inches then it's obviously not something that you're going to hold to your head and you would need that accessory such as the MeMIC. This does open the door for a 5-inch Fonepad which is a real possibility if the whole phablet market proves to be worthwhile.
Here are some of the early details so far. It's going to be a 7-inch Android 4.1 tablet that has some sort of communication phone function. It's not clear what that is exactly. If you recall, the original MeMO 171 has the MeMIC handset which allowed for phone calls.
Asus Fonepad official specs:
Hands-On Videos of the FonePad ME371:
A possible leaked photo of the ME371MG FonePad tablet
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