The new 7-inch device, called the Fonepad, is a combination phone/tablet that runs on an Intel chip.
Asus has unveiled a new 7-inch tablet that can also make phone calls. The Fonepad is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420 processor with Android 4.1. It features a vibrant 1280×800 HD display with IPS technology for crisp webpage text and detailed photos.
The combination phone/tablet is a convenient hybrid device with a metallic design and 10-point multi-touch. The Fonepad has up to nine hours of battery life with built-in 3G so it is always connected and can be used for voice calls using its noise-cancelling digital microphone or a Bluetooth headset.
The device will be available next month, with prices starting at €219 ($286). Asus chairman Jonney Shih said:
It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles. The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the Fonepad a perfect combination of tablet and phone in one single device.