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ASUS FonePad Announced at MWC: Comes with 7-inch Display and Phone Function for $249

Rumors about Asus preparing a new device called the FonePad have been surfacing the web for quite a while. Well, the Taiwan-based company just officially announced it at MWC, in Barcelona. The tablet has a 7-inch screen and comes with an interesting feature that can be found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 too, namely the ability to make phone calls.

As has ASUS unveiled the FonePad, we know a little more about it that we did before. The first thing I have to say is that the rumored specs proved to be accurate. Probably the most important piece of hardware sported by ASUS’ tablet is the Intel Atom 1.2 GHz Z2420 processor. Alongside Intel’s CPU, the FonePad also comes with 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, and an HSPA+ radio. Plus, the device boasts a pretty strong battery (4,270 mAh), which according to the company, it can provide up to nine hours of runtime. The long battery life is probably due to Intel’s CPU technology. The Atom processor is included in other tablets as well, and they too have a long battery life.

On the other hand, the ASUS FonePad has only 16GB of internal storage, which fortunately can be expanded as the tablet has support for microSD cards (up to 32GB). The handsets can take pictures as well, with a 3MP camera located in the back, and a 1.2 MP shooter in the front. As I said, the display measures 7 inches and has a pixel resolution of 1,280 x 800. Another interesting thing is that the hardware of the FonePad is covered by a rubber case, which seems to be a trend at Mobile World Congress as companies like HP and Alcatel have come with rubberized casing as well.

The ASUS chairman said that the FonePad will be available in April, but an exact release date wasn’t mentioned. Still, is seems that the tablet won’t be sold everywhere because ASUS confirmed that the citizens of the United States won’t have the opportunity to buy it. The FonePad will be available in the UK, though, for £179.

We’ll keep you posted when details about its availability will be offered.