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Exclusive: Asus to Launch 7-inch Android Dual SIM Phablet With 3G Voice Calling in Q4

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Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013, 14:57 [IST]

After making everyone swayed by new Nexus 7 and upgraded FonePad this year, Taiwan based tech firm Asus is preparing to launch a crazy product in the coming months. In an exclusive interaction with GizBot, a senior executive over at Asus India shared some juicy details about company's upcoming phablet.

Well, the talk is not about Nexus 7 3 over here! While talking to GizBot, the senior official disclosed, in the coming months consumers can look forward to a Dual SIM phablet. You heard it right! Currently, the device is in the R&D stage.

The upcoming phablet has been informed to boast a 7-inch display, 8GB internal memory; will be competitively priced around Rs. 14,000- Rs. 15,000 and should arrive in Q4 this year (The executive hinted at October release date).

 Asus to Launch 7-inch Android Dual SIM Phablet With 3G Voice Calling

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Whether it will feature an expandable memory or not, is unknown at this hour. But the phablet will definitely be seen using Google's Android OS(the latest version).

The processor details are also sealed right now, while insiders suggest an Intel processor could be incorporated. The phablet will support 3G Voice calling with dual SIM facility and may have either 1GB or 2GB of RAM. However, if company goes with 2GB of RAM, then price will have to change.

According to TrendForce's latest data, Asus is the third largest tablet maker in the world. In Q2 2013, the tech vendor managed to ship 1.6 million tablet units, and now command 3.90% market share.

Asus India recently announced an upgraded version of original FonePad. The new version features same 7-inch LED display having resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The processor has been boosted from 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 to 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 chipset.

The original FonePad had 8GB of internal memory, but now the upgraded one has 32GB of on-board memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. There's a 3-mega pixel camera on the rear back and VGA quality camera on the front. Other features are standard: 3G voice-calling, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, among others. The improved FonePad is now available at Rs. 17,999.

Well, the question which pops up over here is, could the upcoming mysterious phablet be a new variant of FonePad? Or a new series all together? For that, stay tuned to Gizbot for more updates.

Story first published:  Monday, July 29, 2013, 14:03 [IST]
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