The Asus FonePad follows in the footsteps of Asus’ docking PadFone mobile device. It offers users the ability to make calls, and is powered by an Intel Atom processor chip.

Sure, Asus isn’t the first company that comes to mind when you think of tablets, but with the development of Google’s Nexus 7 device, the company has proved that it can bring awesome products to market. So let’s take a closer look at Asus’ newest addition:

General Design
The FonePad has a 7-inch display that packs a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels — the same size and resolution as the Nexus 7. It doesn’t have a rear camera (the Asian version will have a 3MP rear camera capable of 720p video recording), but Asus did manage to fit a 1.2MP front-facing camera which is expected to be utilized by consumers for video calling.

The FonePad is constructed from metal, but only weighs in at 340g making it fairly comfortable in the hand. It’s also relatively slim, measuring 10.4mm on the device’s thinnest side. If you’re a fan of the Nexus 7 and its size, you’ll be equally pleased with the overall design of this tablet.

Powering the device is an Intel Atom Z2420 processor, clocked at 1.2GHz, and supported by 1GB of RAM. Graphics on the device are processed via a PowerVR GX540 GPU. Comparatively, the Nexus 7 is powered by ARM’s Cortex-A9 CP and offers excellent performance, so it should be interesting to see if the Fonepad can outperform the Nexus in this respect.

For storage, consumers can expect 8/16GB options, but can utilize a microSD card slot supporting up to a 32GB capacity if they prefer. This aspect gives the Fonepad an edge over the Nexus 7, which doesn’t offer storage expansion.

Asus estimates battery life at nine hours for the device.

The FonePad runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, not the most recent version, but still capable of supporting features of Android like multiple home screens and access to the Google Play store.

Asus has also added its own applications, which include Floating App, an application that helps users manage multitasking apps, and SuperNote Lite, designed to assist users when making handwritten notes and drawings. Asus also includes WebStorage Office Online and 5GB of cloud storage via Asus WebStorage.

Price and Release Date
The FonePad is scheduled to hit the European market between April and June, and will have a retail price of £179. It will arrive in the Asia-Pacific around the same time for $249.

No word yet on a US release data, but chances are that the device will be released stateside sometime in the near future.

Check back for a full review of the product, and let us know what you think about the FonePad in the comments below.

Chase Williams

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