And you probably thought the Galaxy Note II was big. Over the weekend we told you about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, a mid-sized tablet with phone functionality. Now ASUS has joined that party, unveiling the Fonepad, a 7-inch tablet that’s also a telephone. Like the Note 8.0, the Fonepad targets users who want to carry a single device and yet want a screen that’s more tablet-sized.
The Fonepad runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on an Intel Atom Z2420 processor at 1.2 GHz. It has 1GB of RAM and 3G HSPA+ connectivity. The screen is a 7-inch 1280×800 display with 10-point multitouch. Storage is available in 8GB or 16GB sizes and it has a microSD slot for up to 32GB more. The front-facing camera is 1.2 megapixels, and a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera that will capture 720p HD video is optional.
The tablet will be available in Europe in March, starting at a price of €219.
A lot of things are easier with a larger device, but using the telephone, (at least without earphones or a Bluetooth headset) may not be one of them. Would you give up a smaller phone for a 7-inch tablet that lets you do it all? Let us know in the comments.