Asus Fonepad

Asus Fonepad
Brand: Asus
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 7 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Chipset: Intel Atom Z2420
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Battery: 4270 mAh
  • Released Date: April 2013



Device Type Tablet
Model Asus Fonepad
Released April, 2013
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm
Weight 340 g
Colors Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) IPS LCD
Size 7.0 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 216 ppi
Features Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Micro-SIM


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Intel Atom Z2420
CPU 1.2 GHz single-core
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. PowerVR SGX540
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 8GB or 16GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, Proximity, Compas
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes
Audio Technology ASUS SonicMaster with MaxxAudio 3 by Waves


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 4270 mAh Li-Ion
Battery Life Up to 9 hours video playback


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 3 MP
Front Camera 1.2 MP
Image 3264 x 2448 pixels
Video 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps
Camera Features Autofocus, Video calling
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) No


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 3.0
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes with A-GPS and GLONASS
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.


User Reviews 1 User Reviews We appreciate the Fonepad's long endurance and handy phone functions in a compact tablet form. But most consumers likely already own a better smartphone.
- Android Authority
User Reviews 2 We made a few test calls with mixed results. While the earpiece volume is adequate, our voice sounded heavily distorted on the other end. The Fonepad lasted us a full day of mixed usage on its sizeable 4270mAh battery.
- PhoneArena
User Reviews 3 The Fonepad performs decently for everyday tasks thanks to its Intel Atom processor and Android 4.1 OS. However, high-end 3D games stutter at times due to the limited single-core CPU. Call quality over HSDPA felt solid in our testing.
- Pocketnow
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Solid aluminum design and build quality
- Long battery life, easily lasts 1-3 days
- Respectable everyday performance
- Mediocre display resolution
- Laggy performance in 3D games
- Distorted call quality

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 7 / 10
  • Display 5 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Design 8 / 10

Asus recently unveiled the Fonepad, an affordably priced 7-inch Android tablet with built-in cellular voice capabilities. Launching in April 2013, this compact hybrid device aims to deliver smartphone functionality within a tablet form factor.

But does the Fonepad offer enough to compete in the crowded budget market? Early reviews praise its long battery life but cite too many compromises for it to threat premium rivals.

Equipped with an Intel Atom processor and 1GB RAM, the lightweight Fonepad handles everyday tasks smoothly with minimal lag or stuttering.

Gaming performance disappoints though, with frequent framerate drops in graphic-intensive 3D titles. The 1280×800 IPS screen also underwhelms, lacking the sharpness and vivid colors expected from premium tablets today.

On the plus side, Asus crammed an exceptionally large 4270mAh battery into the Fonepad’s slim 10.4mm frame. This powers up to an incredible 9 hours of HD video playback on a single charge. And convenient battery saving modes further extend runtime to 2-3 days with lighter use.

The Fonepad’s headline feature, mobile phone functionality, received mixed verdicts during real-world testing. Making calls over HSDPA networks posed no issue.

But reviewers reported heavily distorted, robotized-sounding voices on the other end. The tablet also awkwardly dwarfs most human heads when held to the ear.

With its $249 asking price, the Asus Fonepad hits shelves as one of the most affordable phablet-style devices available. And buyers less concerned with top-notch hardware could appreciate its respectable performance and marathon battery life.

Yet for just $50 more, the vastly superior Google Nexus 7 offers faster operation, sharper visuals and a more polished user experience. Asus still deserves credit for innovation with the budget-friendly Fonepad.

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