so you not only need a smartphone, but one that has the generous real estate that a small tablet can offer? well, we, or rather, ASUS has the good news for you: the ASUS FonePad is the new breed of tablet phone that could satisfy both of your needs with one device. though, we must say it must be a pretty awkward to be holding a 7-inch item to one’s ear. sure. you probably would use a headset, but can you guarantee you will always NOT forget to bring the headset? the odds are, your life with such a blissful combination might see you in such ridiculous situation at least once. talks about this tablet phone hybrid has been going for quite a while now, but it was only at the recent Mobile World Congress that the Taiwanese maker put the official seal to it.
powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and running off Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the over-the-top phone features a brilliant 7″ IPS 10-point multitouch display with 1,280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, up 16GB of onboard storage – expandable via microSD card that supports up to 32GB, a micro SIM card slot, built-in 3G with HSPA+ radio, a 4,270 mAh battery for up to nine hours of usage, built-in noise cancellation digital microphone, a 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat (the 3MP rear-facing camera is an option, not standard issue), and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves. aesthetically, the FonePad differential itself from the popular Nexus 7 with a smooth metal back, available in titanium gray or champagne gold, with curved edges that reminiscent of Apple’s second-gen iPad. the ASUS FonePad Tablet Phone will be available from this month with a starting price tag of €219 (roughly US$285) for the 8GB model with rear camera option.