Sometimes you are stuck with smaller screen device if you have limited budget and it is worse if you want both phones and tablet. ASUS has made Fonepad 7 available in Malaysia to answer your problem. So it is a phone or is it a tablet? Fonepad 7 is the combination of a small tablet and a phone with a surprisingly low price. The latest Fone Pad 7 is a 7″ phablet with dual-sim 3G telephony capability. The phablet is availabe in several colors and cost you only RM499 for the 4GB model (black only) and RM599 for the 8GB model (black, white, red & blue), not a bad deal considering you can get the touch of both smartphone and tablet world with one device.
Fonepad 7 is powered by Intel Atom Z2520 (1.2GHz) Processor with Hyper-Threading technology. Hyper-Threading, in a simplified manner, is a technology from Intel mainly found in PC to enable the operating system to perform parallel task in a processor core by duplicating some part of the processor. The system will treat the hyper-threading processor as an extra ‘usual’ processor so the performance will improve. It is packed with 1GB of RAM and 4GB or 8GB of internal storage, depending which variant you are interested. However, both models can support micro-SD expansion up to 64GB and you certainly need that given that the internal storage will not be enough for most people right now. The phablet has a 3950mAh battery that promises 10 hours of battery life.
The size of the tablet is 192x110x10.7mm, which is smaller than its predecessor. ASUS claims that Fonepad 7 is narrow enough to fit comfortably in our palms. That’s true for me and for most people as long as you don’t have very small hands. However, holding it in one hand is different from using it with one hand, which is quite difficult for a device with this size. ASUS has did a good job to narrow down the side bezel to fit in the 7″ 1024×600 display. The bezel is quite narrow for a device at its price and I have seen far wider bezels for device even more expensive than this. ASUS has added in anti-fingerprint coating for the device which is nice as we know that plastic devices typically are fingerprint magnets.
Fonepad 7 also packed a 2MP rear camera along with the front facing 0.3MP front facing camera. There’s Smart Remove to delete unwanted pedestrian in your photo and a Time Rewind mode that will start capturing images 2 seconds before you release the shutter so that you will not miss the precious shot.
Fonepad 7 is running Android 4.3 and ASUS promises Android 4.4 Kit Kat is on the way. As Kit Kat is meant to improve RAM management in lower-end device, the update is more welcomed than ever and it should make your phablet works even better. The newest ZenUI is loaded in Fonepad 7 and it sports a flatter, minimalism design with new features like What’s Next and DoIt Later to improve your productivity.
For connectivity, Fonepad 7 is supporting dual micro sim with dual standby. Only up to 3G with HSPA+ is supported and 4G LTE is not supported, which is totally fine for devices with this price. Wifi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 is available too. Bluetooth is more useful here so that you can use a Bluetooth earpiece for phone calls if you feel that holding up a large device on your face is too awkward.
ASUS Fonepad 7 won’t blow you out of your mind but if you are searching for both a tablet and a phone or a larger display device and you are running low on budget, it is still a very good choice. Make sure you head to their website for more info.
[Update] Our review is available now!