Intel, Asus launch smartphone, tablet device
Dubai, April 30, 2013
Intel Corporation and AsusTeK Computer (Asus) have unveiled the Intel Atom powered Asus Fonepad, a handheld with 3G voice and mobile data to deliver the best qualities of a smartphone and tablet in a compatible 7-inch device.
Powered by the new Intel Atom Z2420/Z2460 processor with Android 4.1 (upgradable to 4.2), Fonepad features a vibrant HD display with IPS technology for wide viewing angles and outstanding clarity, a statement from Intel said.
“Intel Atom processors empower users with a powerful mobile computing platform to experience fast and responsive applications in a multitude of devices, ranging from tablets to smartphones,” said Khaldoun Aboul-Saoud, regional manager for Markets Development at Intel.
“With the technology we’ve integrated into our processors, users are able to experience rich graphics and high-definition video, as well as running power-intensive applications without sacrificing responsiveness or performance.”
“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. We are very excited to bring our latest innovation to this market,” said Leon Yu, ASUS Middle East regional director for System Product Group.
The latest Intel Atom processor is optimised for the Android platform, providing power management and security tools while balancing performance, security and power efficiency for Android applications.
Asus Fonepad 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, the statement said.
Fonepad is a sleek and compact tablet with a metallic design that can be held comfortably in one hand with a modern and stylish appeal, due to its light 340g weight and slim 10.4mm profile.
Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data means ASUS Fonepad is an always-connected mobile device for seamless web browsing, fast downloads from the Google Play Store, and smooth streaming of audio and video. Due to its full 3G telephony support, Fonepad can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset.
It is powered by an Intel Atom Z2420 rated at 1.2GHz, or an optional Z2460 processor rated at 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM and the PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit (GPU).
Fonepad is available in 8GB and 32GB capacities, and has an SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage. All models feature a front 1.2-megapixel camera for easy video chat and an optional rear 3-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording. Asus SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves ensures clear, well-rounded sound quality. – TradeArabia News Service