World’s top three notebook vendor, ASUS, today announced the ASUS Fonepad™, the first android tablet that runs the new Intel processor with real voice capabilities and incorporating phone and tablet functions altogether.
Launched earlier this year at the Mobile Wireless Conference (MWC) in Barcelona by ASUS chairman Jonney Shih, the seven-inch, 340 gram budget friendly tablet was built upon the successes of the ASUS 7” android tablet range.
Regional Director of Asus Africa Shawn Chang says, “Africa is a priority market and ASUS Africa will release all their new products at the same time with other markets. Users will now be able to enjoy the ASUS quality and value without the wait.”
The Android based tablet runs on Jellybean 4.1, and added onto it a 1.2 megapixel front camera and a 3 megapixel back camera. The Fonepad has a smooth metal back, making it drastically different from similarly sized tablets. The back panel houses the usual antennae, and hidden underneath are both the micro-SIM slot and the micro SD reader which supports up to 32GB cards.
The Asus Fonepad will have the new Intel processor a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 to be exact. This processor was specifically designed by Intel for smartphone and tablet devices. “Extending our long history of collaboration, including most recently on the Ultrabook™ and Intel®-based tablets, we are very excited to be partnering with ASUS again,” said Hermann Eul, Intel® vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group.
“Intel’s new Atom™ Z2420 processor delivers the power, performance and flexibility required to accommodate a range of devices and market needs. We think the ASUS Fonepad™ is a very innovative device in an emerging category of 3G tablets with telephony features.”
The Fonepad is part of a range of devices created by ASUS that are targeted towards capturing the growing mobile device market in Africa, with the focus being on mobility and connectivity. The tablet is ideal for people who value both the voice communication features of a smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, but prefer the convenience of carrying just one device.
Availability & Pricing
ASUS Fonepad™ and accessories will be available from May 2013. Fonepad™ prices suggested from Kshs. 24,999 (MSRP) for 8GB storage with three-megapixel rear camera.