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ASUS FonePad 7-inch Tablet Leaked, Packs Intel CPU and Android Jelly Bean

ASUS is one the first company in the world that developed a tablet member of the Nexus tribe. As you probably guessed, I am talking about the popular Nexus 7 unveiled last year in June, synchronized with the debut of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Nexus 7 became such a huge success mostly because of its technical specs and price point, using the same recipe that helped Amazon Kindle fire climb to the top of the best-selling Android tablets in Q4 2011.

It seems that ASUS has learned its lesson from the the collaboration with Google, and after the rumor mill hinted that the Taiwan-based company will bring two new affordable tablets at MWC 2013, MeMo Pad 7 and MeMo Pad 10, today we’ve found out about a new cheap ASUS tablet.

Apparently, ASUS is readying a new 7-inch tablet, named Fonepad. Yes, the name is a bit confusing, especially that the Taiwanese company already has the Padfone and Padfone 2 smartphone-tablet combo in its portfolio.

But let’s forget the name and have a look inside the alleged ASUS Fonepad. Surprisingly enough, it looks like it will be underpinned by an Intel Atom CPU, as leaked Postel Indonesia’s database suggests.

The reports are also indicating that the affordable ASUS Fonepad will boast a 7-inch display with IPS technology and a resolution of 1,2800 x 800, and if the price is right it might be a rival worthy of Google’s… errr, ASUS’ Nexus 7.

The technical specs sheet also includes 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 3 megapixel camera on the back of the case, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern tablet: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

The price of the ASUS Fonepad also leaked, and it seems that the 7-inch tablet will cost as much as $265. Will it be worth it? We can’t know yet, especially because we have very little info about the Atom Z2420 Lexington chipset.

So far, Intel has only provided its processors for terminals meant for the emergent markets, and, to be honest, most of them came with sub-par performance. After the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 changed people’s perspective on the affordable 7-inch tablets, as both provided decent performance, thus the Intel Lexington platform underpinning the ASUS Fonepad must meet their expectations.

Well, at least it will come with above-par battery life, as Intel has always cared about this aspect of their chips. The reports are also claiming that the ASUS Fonepad will also have calling facilities, making the tablet even more interesting.

Do you think the Taiwan-based company will bring the ASUS Fonepad at Mobile World Congress 2013 event that debuts later next month?