Early this month, we got a glimpse of ASUS' plans for mobile world domination and one of those involved a new FonePad hybrid. That device might be arriving soon, as an online retailer has put up a page accepting pre-orders for one variant of the upcoming ASUS FonePad HD 7.
ASUS unveiled the first FonePad at the Mobile World Congress last February. The device is a cross between a tablet and a phone, offering complete telephony functionality, including calls, on a 7-inch form factor. We were able to get a short hands-on experience with the original FonePad and couldn't quite decide if we were prepared to say goodbye to phones that we can stow away quickly in our pocket in exchange for a tablet and a phone in one device.
However, ASUS obviously believes there is such a market for this kind of device as it has been rumored to be working on a successor. And last week, we got word about its hardware. The FonePad HD 7 seems only a slight upgrade from the first model, now running on a dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 at 1.6 GHz. It also sports a slightly higher 3 megapixel rear camera. Other than that, most of the specs remained the same. It will still have a 7-inch 1280x800 display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The online shop accepting pre-orders marks the 8 GB version as costing 232 euros, around $310. A 16 GB version will also be available, but the store doesn't seem to have any entry for that one yet. ASUS so far hasn't made any hint regarding the FonePad HD 7, so actual availability and pricing are unknown.
VIA: Notebook Italia