Taiwanese technology giant Asus on Wednesday launched its 7-inch phablet ‘Fonepad’ that runs on Android 4.1 operating system and is powered by an Intel processor.
Phablets are a class of smartphones with screen sizes ranging from 5 inches to 8 inches and designed to combine functions of a phone and a tablet.
Fonepad, first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2013, comes with 3G connectivity and offers full telephony functionality.
“By incorporating 3G mobile data connectivity with full telephony support, Asus Fonepad is the prefect combination of a tablet and phone in a single device,” Asus India Regional Director South Asia and Country Manager System Business Group Peter Chang said here.
Fonepad had been competitively priced at Rs.15,999 and it would be available from next week, he added.
The device is powered by an Intel Atom processor Z2420 and comes in a sleek metallic design. It has 8 GB internal memory and comes with a micro SD slot for up to 32 GB additional storage.
The phablet, Asus claims, provides up to nine hours of battery life. Additionally, it has a 1.2 mega pixel front camera and a 3 mega pixel rear camera with 720p HD video recording.
Speaking at the launch, Intel South Asia Managing Director (Sales and Marketing) Debjani Ghosh said Fonepad was a great example of bringing to the market an innovative product that addresses the emerging market.