With the Mobile World Congress event opening its gates for the public in less than a week, more details about the products that will debut at the Barcelona-based event go live. Companies like Samsung, HTC, and ASUS are expected to bring their latest devices at the tech event. ASUS is supposed to debut a new budget-friendly tablet, unofficially dubbed Fonepad, at MWC 2013, and we’ve even the first leaked photo with its aluminium back a couple of weeks ago.
This time we have the confirmation that ASUS Fonepad will most likely arrive at MWC 2013, as the new 7-inch tablet was spotted in the GCF (Global Certification Forum) database, one of the authorities that give certifications for the new terminals, in a similar way the FCC works in the United States.
The name of the ASUS Fonepad suggests that the 7-inch tablet will also come with phone functionality, and the leaked GCF documents are confirming that the terminal has support for GSM connectivity, but also for EDGE and HSDPA.
We’ve also heard about an ASUS tablet codenamed ME371MG, a 7-inch tablet with Intel Atom Z2420 processor, but according to the rumors the ME371MG is the codename of the Fonepad.
We know that the ASUS Fonepad will have a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels based on IPS technology, and the aforementioned processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz, plus 1 GB of RAM.
Other reports are indicating that the ASUS Fonepad will land with 8, 16, or 32 GB of internal storage, expandable using microSD cards, and a 4,270 mAh battery. The tablet will weigh in 340 grams and will be 10.4 mm thick.
Because the ASUS Fonepad is budget tablet, we are expecting the device to hit the retail stores at a price between $150 – $200. Anyway, it’s best to wait until MWC 2013 to learn more about the ASUS Fonepad, rather then rushing to conclusions.
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