Asus today launched the dual-SIM variant of the FonePad 7 in India, which was announced at the MWC earlier this year. This dual-SIM variant is essentially the same FonePad 7, which was announced last year at IFA in Berlin. The only differentiating factors are the additional SIM card slot and the price difference, which is partially due to the change in the chipset as well. Where the FonePad 7 (2013) was launched at Rs 17,499, the dual-SIM variant has been introduced today for Rs 12,999. We got to use the device at its launch event today, and here are first impressions. Also Read - Best laptops for students and professionals under Rs 60,000 in India in SeptemberAlso Read - Best affordable gaming laptops in India in September 2021 from Asus, MSI, HP and more
The FonePad 7 dual-SIM does not bring any noteworthy changes to the looks or specifications. It looks more or less similar to the previous model and the one visible difference is the speaker grill placement at the back-panel instead of the front, as was seen on the previous model.
The tablet comes with a 7-inch 1280 800 pixels display, which again brings no difference either in the display size or in the resolution. The display produces good images for this resolution and size, and offers nice viewing angles as well.
The processor is which differentiates the two tablets. The dual-SIM variant runs on a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core SoC, while the 2013 model was powered by a 1.6GHz Clover Trail Plus Z2560 dual-core processor. The RAM however remains the same at 1GB. In terms of performance, it will be unfair to comment on it at this point of time as we have yet to put it through its paces in a detailed review.
As far as the storage is concerned, the FonePad 7 comes with 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card.
On the photography front, there is no change to the rear camera, which continues to feature a 5-megapixel snapper with auto-focus. It has a 1.2-megapixel front-camera. The ambient lighting condition of the closed hall was not good enough to test the camera and we will reserve our comments for later.
Talking of the software, the unit given to us was running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, while the company has announced the tablet with 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is topped with Asus s own UI skin, which adds minor changes to the UI.
Asus FonePad 7 dual-SIM then seems to be a good option for those looking to buy a tablet with voice calling feature, but do not want to spend a lot on it. Though plasticky, it looks nice for its price and offers a good-set of features as well. We will have a better idea about the performance when we test the device in our forthcoming review.