Asus started the FonePad series to cater to those users who wish to use a massive display as well as be able to make voice calling with the same device. And even though the company s FonePad series received a mixed bag of reviews, Asus continued to update it to offer better set of features with each of the new generation version. And working on that, the company has launched its newest Fonepad version the FonePad 7 in India. Essentially this is an updated version with a slightly improved set of features than the original FonePad 7 introduced earlier this year. And for Rs 17,499, while it does pack in some powerful features, it will also be standing against other dominant local players and the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. While the question of its overpowering others to make a dent in their market shares remains for later, here are some of our first impressions. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 to buy for daily usage in October 2021
The 7-inch tablet comes with a slight change in the design with a lighter frame and speakers now placed on the front panel. This variant looks better but offers the same old plasticky feel like the previous models. The back is not different either. The LCD screen of the FonePad 7 offers 1280×800 pixels resolution and is crisp and reproduces colors pretty well. But like the previous versions, the display on this one too is reflective and is a major finger print magnet. The plasticky frame also makes it a bit slippery on hands.
The good part is the new FonePad 7 has been upgraded to a better chipset, Intel s Clover Trail Plus Z2560 dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, which has replaced the 1.2GHz Intel Lexington on its predecessor. And this would mean a better and snappier performance. In the short while we used it, it worked feather smooth but we would like to give a better view on this part later in our detailed review. The company has launched only the 16GB variant in India.
It features a 5-megapixel primary camera and a 1.2-megapixel rear camera which performed fine in the low-key lighting of the closed hall. Talking of the software, the FonePad 7 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system with Asus s own UI skin on the top. This includes some instantly visible changes in the notification bar, the calling menu and other such features. Besides this, it offers standard connectivity options as well as support for 3G for voice calls.
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