ASUS today announced the Fonepad 7 (FE170CG), the latest version of the 7-inch Android device with full 3G telephony functionality. This latest Fonepad 7 comes in a range of colors, and is powered by an Intel® Atom™ Multi-Core Processor 1.2GHz with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology. It is narrower than its predecessor, with an 11cm width so it can be easily held in one hand. A narrow bezel design provides users with a larger viewing area on which to experience the brand new ZenUI interface.
The ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) features an Intel Atom Multi-Core Processor 1.2GHz with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology that combines powerful performance with energy efficiency, giving this Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (4.4 KitKat upgradable) tablet smooth multi-tasking performance and an incredible 10-hour battery life1. The 1024 x 600 display provides vivid, clear visuals; while high quality audio is provided by a front speaker with ASUS SonicMaster technology.
Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data with download speeds up to 42Mbit/s and uploads of 5.76Mbit/s mean Fonepad 7 is an always-connected device for seamless web browsing. With full 3G telephony support across GSM and WCDMA bands, Fonepad 7 can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset.
Fonepad 7 has a rear-facing 2-megapixel camera capable of taking 1600 x 1200 resolution images and 720p video recording at up to 30 frames per second (fps). The front facing 0.3-megapixel camera allows for video chats and VGA video recording at 30fps. Both cameras feature f/2.8 aperture lenses. Improved camera software features a Selfie Mode that automatically starts a countdown and takes a shot once it detects a preset number of faces in the frame, as well as Time Rewind mode which takes a series of burst shots so the user can choose the best images from the set.
Weighing just 290g and measuring 192 x 110 x 10.7mm, Fonepad 7 is narrow and light enough to comfortably fit in a user’s palm. Its narrow bezel design increases available display area despite its smaller dimensions, the display also has a smudge-resistant coat that helps repel fingerprint smudges. Fonepad 7 is available in four colors (black, red, white, and blue).
Fonepad 7 features the exclusive ASUS ZenUI mobile device interface. It features more than 200 software tweaks over previous ASUS interfaces and sports a new visual design with modern 'flat' icons, customizable vivid color themes that match the device color, animations, new ringtones and notification sounds, and a clean layout to clearly present information. ASUS ZenUI also includes two features — What's Next and Do It Later — designed to free users from actively having to manage the multitude of information they are confronted with daily, thus enabling them to be more productive.
A must-have accessory is the durable and lightweight Fonepad 7 MagSmart Cover. This features a soft microfiber screen protector — secured by a magnetic latch — that prevents scratches when it’s closed. It can also fold to prop the tablet up in two positions, ideal for either typing or viewing.