The Global Certification Forum on Monday confirmed that Asus will be soon distributing the first Asus tablet to use an Intel processor, and that it will be called the Asus Fonepad.
Additionally, the GCF has also confirmed the pad will support 3G connectivity, but no LTE for this specific version (model number ME371MG). Although the device has not been officially confirmed by Asus, we can expect to see the company debut its supposedly budget-friendly tablet fairly soon, with the Mobile World Congress event opening itself to the public in less than a week.
On the technical front, we know that the Fonepad will run Android Jelly Bean, and boast an Intel 1.2GHz Z2420 processor with PowerVR SGX450 graphics. The device will also include a 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and 3MP rear camera, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot, 4,270mAh battery, and an aluminium case. The Fonepad comes with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. It weighs in at 340 grams and will be 10.4mm thick.
The tablet is expected to hit the shelves near April or May, at around $150 – $200.
Asus is also planning to officially unveil a 10-inch tablet soon, the Memo Pad 10, which also runs Jelly Bean, but instead comes with a quad-core Nvidia processor.
Will your money be invested in the new Fonepad by Asus?