I can’t say I am surprised by the ASUS FonePad Note Launch at Computex 2013, because there are signs that the phablet segment will be very crowded this year, and that there will be heavy competition against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Most of the big players of the smartphone market are reportedly planning Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rivals, and ASUS is the first one to launch their phablet. Rurmor has it that Nokia Lumia 1030 with Windows Phone 8 will be launched later this year, Sony is readying the Togari with a 6.5-inch display, while HTC will launch the T6 phablet with a Snapdragon 800 CPU inside.
But let’s return to our muttons. The ASUS FonePad Note was officially announced an, personally, I would have preferred the Taiwanese company to use an original name for their phablet, given that Samsung is already using the same name for its popular line-up of devices with stylus. With a 6-inch display and not-that-slim bezels around the screen, FonePad Note will by ASUS’ response to the yet unannounced Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The technical specifications of the ASUS FonePad Note are really impressive, so let’s have a look at them toghether.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rival from ASUS brings a 6-inch Super IPS+ display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels and a brightness of 450 nits, while running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. The ASUS FonePad Note is underpinned by an Intel Atom Z2560 chipset with two cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU, plus 2 GB of RAM.
The rear-facing camera has an 8 megapixel sensor and is capable of recording full HD videos, while the camera mounted on the front panel is a 1.2 megapixel unit, which would make it an ideal tool for video calls.
The ASUS FonPad Note doesn’t come with LTE support, being limited to DC-HSPA+ 42 Mbps, while bringing all standards of WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and a stylus.
For those of you who are still in doubt, the ASUS FonePad Note is a device developed to be held up to your year, just like you do with any other mobile phone. Otherwise the proximity sensor mounted above the display would be useless. The Intel platform promises great performance, while the full HD display should be impressive, too. The speakers are placed front-facing, and they are encouraging watching videos and listening to music. As about the stylus that comes in the FonePad Note package, ASUS will provide a compatible software suite, just like it will happen with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
For the time being, ASUS didn’t reveal the all the details about the FonePad Note. The Taiwanese phone maker didn’t provided details about the dimensions or the weight of the phablet, nor about the internal storage and whether it comes with a microSD card slot.
ASUS dind’t mention the FonePad Note release date during the press event at Computex 2013, but the Galaxy Note 3 rival is expected to hit both the European and Asian markets.
There will be a heavy competition against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 this year, but will Sony, HTC, ASUS, and Nokia be able to steal the crown of the world’s most popular phablet? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.