We already knew ASUS was prepping a product called the FonePad, a 7-inch tablet with built-in phone functionality (yes, just like the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0). Well, ASUS just formally unveiled it here at Mobile World Congress, which means we’ve got a few more details to share than we did previously. First off, the speculation about its specs was all true: this does indeed have an Intel processor — a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420, to be exact — along with 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an HSPA+ radio. Additionally, the 4,270mAH battery is said to get up to nine hours of runtime, which would put this in the same league as other Atom tablets we’ve tested recently.
The FonePad adds a microSD slot supporting 32GB cards, which should come in handy considering this has just 16GB of built-in storage. Additionally, the tablet has a 3-megapixel rear shooter. And that’s it for additions; the FonePad has a rubbery back, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, and a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display. (We’ll be taking hands-on photos anyway, in case you’re really curious.) Unfortunately, ASUS confirmed this product is not coming to the US, but it will be available in the UK for£179, VAT included. The on-sale date will be confirmed closer to launch. We’re hoping to test one ourselves in the coming weeks, but until then, stay tuned for the usual round of hands-on shots.