ASUS – this morning – lifted the veil on its two latest entries to the tablet and smartphone market. The 7-inch FonePad is essentially a tablet that can make phone calls, and the latest in its PadFone series: the Infinity.
FonePad – 7-inch Tablet
The FonePad features a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB RAM and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Camera-wise it has a 3MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front facing snapper. It stays powered using a 4,270 mAh battery. Interestingly, it has built-in support for HSPA+ connectivity, and has a built-in slot for Micro SIM and microSD cards, supporting up to 32GB of expandable storage. Built in, it has a fairly stingy 16GB flash drive. It seems incredibly good value for money. It’ll cost £179/€219 in the UK/Europe. Engadget notes there was a US-price of $249 noted, but there’s no confirmation if/when it’ll land Stateside.
Out of the two announcements, this is probably the most exciting. The latest PadFone features a smartphone hosting a 5-inch, 1080p (full HD) display. It’s bright, sharp and very powerful. Powering this beast is a quad-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB RAM. You can choose between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage. On the back is a 13MP camera sensor and f/2.0 lens capable of 8 fps burst shooting. It also has a 2MP front facing camera. It also packs in an impressive 2,400 mAh offering up to 19 hours of 3G talk time. Surprisingly, the PadFone doesn’t use the industry standard Micro SIM, it uses Apple’s soon-to-be standard Nano SIM.
Like all PadFones, it comes shipped with a tablet-style dock, with a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1080p resolution display panel. It connects to virtually every kind of wireless network around, and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC to boot. Price-wise, you’re looking at £799/€999 in the UK/Europe. Sadly, it doesn’t look to be heading across to the pond to the States.