The Asus Fonepad, a true tablet/smartphone hybrid, comes to the UK

Asus FonepadIs the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 a bit small? Are your jeans pockets so big it rattles around in them? Do you need something even larger to carry around? If the answer to all these questions is yes, then the Asus Fonepad is for you. Announced during Mobile World Congress, the Fonepad is a true tablet/smartphone hybrid, as it has a 7-inch screen and can happily make calls using its 3G connectivity feature.

The tablet will be made available as a pre-order in the UK through Amazon and several high street retail stores including Sainsbury’s on April 12, and will be on sale April 26. It’s priced at a reasonable £180, and has a good specification, so here’s what you need to know.

It has a 7-inch touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and it runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Asus has informed TechRadar an update to Android 4.2 will be out soon after the tablet goes on sale. It has 16GB of storage memory and an all-important microSD card to increase this, plus there is a 1.2-megapixel video call camera above the screen.

Inside the Fonepad is a 1.2GHz Intel Z2420 processor, which really makes the tablet standout, as the majority of its competition is based on ARM architecture and uses a Qualcomm or Nvidia chip. Add to this the ability to slip in a SIM card and actually make calls, and the Fonepad looks like something of a bargain.

You’ll probably have to add the price of a decent Bluetooth earpiece to the cost though, unless you want to hold a full-size tablet up to your ear when a call comes in.

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