ASUS Fonepad goes to market across Africa in May

Notebook vendor ASUS has unveiled the ASUS Fonepad, which will be launched across Africa in early May.

ASUS says the Fonepad is the first android tablet that runs the new Intel processor and is a budget friendly option in the market. Built upon the successes of the ASUS 7” android tablet range, Fonepad brings real voice capabilities to a tablet, incorporating all phone and tablet functions into a single device.

 “Africa is a priority market and ASUS Africa will release all their new products at the same time with other markets. Users will now be able to enjoy the ASUS quality and value without the wait,” says Regional Director of Asus Africa Shawn Chang.

The tablet was first launched at the Mobile Wireless Conference (MWC) in Barcelona earlier this year by ASUS chairman Jonney Shih. At seven inches, the Fonepad weighs 340g and features a 10.4mm profile.

The Android based tablet runs on Jellybean 4.1, and added onto it a 1.2 megapixel front camera and a 3 megapixel back camera. The Fonepad has a smooth metal back, making it drastically different from similarly sized tablets. The back panel houses the usual antennae, and hidden underneath are both the micro-SIM slot and the micro SD reader which supports up to 32GB cards.

The Asus Fonepad will have the new Intel processor a 1.2GHz Atom Z2420 to be exact. This processor was specifically designed by Intel for smartphone and tablet devices. “Extending our long history of collaboration, including most recently on the Ultrabook™ and Intel®-based tablets, we are very excited to be partnering with ASUS again,” said Hermann Eul, Intel® vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group.

 “Intel’s new Atom Z2420 processor delivers the power, performance and flexibility required to accommodate a range of devices and market needs. We think the ASUS Fonepad is a very innovative device in an emerging category of 3G tablets with telephony features.”

The Fonepad is part of a range of devices created by ASUS that are targeted towards capturing the growing mobile device market in Africa, with the focus being on mobility and connectivity. The tablet is ideal for people who value both the voice communication features of a smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, but prefer the convenience of carrying just one device.

ASUS Fonepad and accessories will be available from May 2013. Fonepad prices suggested from Kshs. 24,999 (MSRP). 

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