ASUS Malaysia has recently brought the ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE375CG) to Malaysia. This Fonepad 7 is certainly an upgraded version of the ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) we reviewed earlier, packed with a faster processor, nicer screen and better cameras. The previously available telephony capability, dual sim support and storage expandability are not sacrificed too. More importantly, with all the sweetness added into the recipe, ASUS has managed to keep this mid-ranger at a very reasonable price. The 8GB model is priced at RM 649.
The ASUS Fonepad 7 FE375CG is very similar to its brother, the Fonepad 7 FE170CG. In terms of specifications, the upgrade is quite worthy. Almost every problem I had with the entry level Fonepad 7 is addressed. First of all. the processor is replaced with a newer 64 bit Intel Atom Quad Core 1.83GHz processor. Although the 64 bit processor sounds great, the fact that Android 4.4 Kit Kat is still running on 32 bit makes it less powerful than you think. However, if ASUS can provide the Android L update which is running on 64 bit in the future, this processor is future proof. By that time this tablet should have a performance boost. Nevertheless, the higher clock speed and core count will bring better performance anyway.
The design is kept almost the same as FE170CG, which has a great build quality and a clean, simple look, but this new model is slightly thinner and narrower. The increase in weight and height is negligible too. The display also received a much-needed bump from the mediocre display that we had. Although the higher resolution will give sharper image, the IPS panel will increase the brightness and make it easier to read at outdoors. However, Gorilla Glass is still not present here. The ASUS Fonepad FE375CG supports dual sim dual stand by and up to 3G data connection.
There is a pair of front facing speakers too, which is great for both entertainment and serious stuff such as watching videos and using speakerphone. The 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera is present too. The software it is running is the ZenUI on top of Android 4.4 Kit Kat which I like because of the fluidity and simplicity of ZenUI. No unnecessary customization is made and the features added such as Do It Later and What’s Next are more useful than I expected after using it.
Given that the entry level Fonepad 7 is a solid tablet, I have faith that this tablet will be performing well too. The price is attractive and I had to choose, I would prefer to buy this model even though I have to pay slightly more than RM200 for all the improvements. ASUS is really doing great for voice-enabled tablets in my opinion. Whether you would choose it or not will depend heavily on your decision to accept the usage of a tablet as a phone. Click here to learn more about this device!
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