The Asus Fonepad was announced alongside the third-gen Asus Padfone Infinity at the MWC show in Barcelona and T3 was there to take a closer look.
Asus Fonepad: Size and build
The Android 4.1-toting tablet weighs in at 340g, so it's fairly sleek and the 10.4mm profile means that it's not the slimmest 7-incher around but it's certainly not too chunky. It doesn't quite have the premium looks of the iPad Mini, but it may prove to be a rival to the brand's own Google Nexus 7.
Asus Fonepad: Features
The tab/phone hybrid packs built-in 3G along with a noise-cancelling digital microphone, or you can use an optional Bluetooth headset if you don't want to look quite so ridiculous.
Asus Fonepad: Screen
The 7-inch screen uses IPS tech for a wide 178-degree viewing angle, along with a respectable 1280x800-pixel resolution. The screen looked reasonable enough, although it didn't quite have the vibrancy of more expensive tabs like the iPad Mini.
Asus Fonepad: Verdict
At first glance, the Fonepad looks like a fairly standard 7-inch tab that's unlikley to worry the likes of the iPad Mini or take sales away from the device's Nexus 7 stable mate. And while, the ability to make voice calls is an interesting inclusion, we can't really see many people actually using the device as a phone. However, the £179 price tag is hard to ignore. Stay tuned for a full review.
Asus Fonepad review: Hands-on
Asus Fonepad review: Hands-onT3
The Asus Fonepad is 7-inch tablet that you can use as a phone. T3 went in for a closer look at the new Android device
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