Asus enters the phablet world with the Fonepad Note

Asus Fonepad Note WhiteAsus launched the original Fonepad at Mobile World Congress this year, and the device went on sale in the UK in April. In case you don’t recall, it’s a tablet/smartphone hybrid, boasting a big 7-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, an Intel processor and Android Jelly Bean, plus the ability to make and receive phone calls. It is, however, a bit big for everyday use.

To combat this problem, Asus has now announced another Fonepad device, the Fonepad Note. Unveiled earlier this week alongside the MemoPad HD7, it’s more a smartphone/tablet hybrid than the other way around. The screen measures 6-inches, making it slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and a little smaller than the ridiculously large Huawei Ascend Mate. Its resolution is an excellent 1080p.

Inside is a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz, along with 2GB of memory and a 3G radio, so it’s as much phone as it is mini tablet. Asus has also fitted its SonicMaster stereo speakers to the front of the Note, and an 8 megapixel camera to the rear.

Like the Galaxy Note 2, the Fonepad Note comes with a stylus, and Asus will install a selection of special apps for taking notes, drawing, and editing text. The Fonepad will run on Android, but it’s not clear which version. Asus was a little short on details, and hasn’t provided a release date for the Fonepad Note, or an idea of how much it will cost.

It won’t want to hang around too long before getting it into stores though, as Samsung is expected to announce the sure-to-be-popular Galaxy Note 3 after the summer, and it may also have a larger, Full HD screen.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars