Asus Fonepad official: specs, features, release date and pricing

by: Chris SmithFebruary 25, 2013


The 7-inch Intel Atom-powered Android tablet from Asus we kept seeing in leaks and rumors, the Fonepad, has been unveiled at MWC 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, and we have more official details for you.

Specs and features

In addition to tablet capabilities, you’ll notice that this tablet will also come with built-in phone features, although don’t expect to find a smaller smartphone cleverly hidden underneath the display this time around. Moreover, it appears that the leak suggesting the device will come with a metal back was dead on. The Fonepad will indeed feature a metal case, a diamond cut camera ring, and it will be available in Titanium Grey and Champagne Gold.

Here’s what you can expect from the Asus Fonepad when it comes to specs and features:

  • 7-inch touchscreen ISP display with 1280 x 800 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8/16GB of memory
  • microSD support (up to 32GB)
  • 3-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and 720p video recording
  • 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • HSPA+ and 3G support for voice calls
  • GPS, A-GPS and Glonass
  • Noise-canceling digital microphone
  • weight: 340g
  • size: 10.4mm profile
  • 4,270mAH battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Custom Asus apps: Floating App, SuperNote Lite, WebStorage Office Online
  • 5GB of free lifetime Asus Webstorage

Pricing and release date

The Asus Fonepad will come with an affordable price tag for a device that can also offer phone calls during daily use. In the UK, the device will apparently cost £179. In the EU, the 16GB version without a rear camera will retail for 216, while in the U.S. Fonepad buyers will pay $249 for the device (rear camera included).

The Fonepad will be launched at some point in April, although we don’t have actual release dates for you at this point.

Asus has also announced a couple of accessory for the new device, including the VersaSleeve and Turn Case.

Are you buying this 7-inch smartphone or will you stick with the regular 7-inch Asus-made Nexus 7 tablet?

  • i wonder how the atom will perform

    • ali

      this is my question too

  • Filip Justin

    As opposed to the Padfone, the Fonepad is exactly the opposite.. It has a good price-quality ratio.. (at least on paper)

  • Brian Hartman

    People seem to like videoconferencing on tablets, so I’m sure it’ll sell. But I think if you want something to talk into, you’re going to pick your phone more often, so I don’t see them getting a lot of mileage out of that as a selling point. Most people will just go for a smaller phone with a front-facing camera, I think.

  • Dao

    1920×1080 plus or no.

  • cant wait

    cant wait…i carry 2 phones and a tablet…this will replace all 3!