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7-inch ASUS Fonepad with Intel CPU, Android Jelly Bean, and Aluminum Case Coming In Q2 2013

After the popular Nexus 7 co-developed with Google, ASUS is reportedly working on another budget-friendly Android Jelly Bean tablet, this time powered by an Intel CPU. Fonepad is supposed to join the ASUS MeMo Pad model, announced in january, in the affordable 7-inch tablets segment.

The first rumors pointing towards a tablet with Intel processor were saying that the device will be announced at CES 2013, but ASUS chose to unveil a couple of Windows-powered products like VivoTab Smart, Transformer Book, and Transformer AiO at the Las Vegas-based tech show.

The latest reports say that the ASUS Fonepad will be officially introduced by the Taiwan-based company at Mobile World Congress 2013, later this month.

The ASUS Fonepad tablet will be reportedly underpinned by an Intel Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz with PowerVR SGX540 graphics. The processor known as Lexington was introduced by Intel at CES 2013 as a cheap and powerful alternative to Qualcomm’s chipsets.

The Intel Lexington SoC promises hardware acceleration for full HD video encoding-decoding, HSPA+ capabilities and dual-SIM support.

According to the gossips, ASUS Fonepad will be equipped with a 7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, 8/16/32 GB of on board storage and microSD card slot.

The primary camera mounted on the back will have a 3.2 megapixel unit, doubled by an user-facing 1.2 megapixel camera. The 4,270 mAh battery should be able to keep the ASUS Fonepad alive though 9 hours of work time.

It seems there will be two ASUS Fonepad variants: a WiFi-only model at a lower price, and a WiFi + 3G variant, certain sources indicating that the latter one will also come with phone functionality. The name of the tablet and the specifications of the Intel platform are both pointing towards phone call and video call support.

The first ASUS Fonepad leaked picture reveals that the tablet comes with an aluminum body, which should provide better cooling for the Intel processor. The tablet is sized 196,6 ? 120,1 ? 10,4 mm and weighs about 340 grams.

The tablet will be running Android Jelly Bean, while the price should be around $199 – 250. ASUS Fonepad is expected to become available for purchase in Q2 2013.