Asus FonePad Tablet Will Make You Look Silly

The 2013 Mobile World Congress kicked off on Monday, Feb. 25, and Asus launched the innovation game by inverting the name of an old product to make a new one.

Asus officially revealed its FonePad on the expo's first day: a 7-inch HD tablet that also happens to feature built-in phone functionality. If you've been craving a tablet that makes phone calls, you now have an extra option to consider alongside Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0. Although the idea of holding a tablet up to your face as you make a phone call may sound ridiculous, plenty of people do seem excited about the prospect.

"It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles," said Jonney Shih, ASUS chairman, in a press release. "The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the Fonepad a perfect combination of tablet and phone in one single device."

Outside of 3G mobile phone capability, the FonePad sports Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10-point multi-touch and 16GB of storage space. If that's not enough, the tablet's microSD slot can support up to 32GB extra. A 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.2-megapixel front camera and a battery life of nine hours round out the rest of the features.

"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."

No U.S. release date is confirmed yet, but Asus did relay a $249 price point.

Also Monday, Asus announced the PadFone Infinity, the third iteration of the company's PadFone phablet. The 5-inch phone features a 1080p HD display, Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 64 GB of built-in storage and extra 50GB more of Cloud storage supplied by Asus.

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