Asus has been a pioneer in making cutting-edge tablets. This Taiwan-based company first tasted success in the tablet market, when the company jointly produced the first ever 7-inch Nexus device in collaboration with Google. Originally launched in 2012, the first generation Nexus 7 went on to be become a money spinner. The firm later introduced an even more powerful 7-inch Nexus 7 in 2013.
Apart from producing devices under Nexus range, Asus also offers voice-calling tablets powered by Intel. Believe it or not, the first generation Fonepad tablet with voice-calling was announced at MWC last year, followed by the second-generation being unveiled at IFA 2013. Now, the third generation unveiled this year at MWC, has been thoroughly improved over its predecessor.
In India, the voice-calling tablet segment is primarily dominated by the likes of Micromax, Xolo and Lava, to name a few. There are hardly any tier-1 brand that sells 3G-enabled voice-calling tablets to match up to the competition.
For a change, Asus has finally introduced a revamped version of popular Fonepad 7 tablet with dual-SIM capability. Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM, as the name suggests, supports dual-SIM connectivity, 3G voice-calling, in addition, flaunts Intel processor under the hood. Priced at Rs. 12,999, the device will be available shortly. We went hands-on with the Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM and here are our first impressions. Take a look!
Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM- Design and Display
The new Fonepad 7 Dual SIM is hardly appealing as far as its design is concerned. The 7-inch tablet is made out of polycarbonate-plastic, making it look really depressing. We hoped to see a well crafted tablet with at least brushed metal finish, but that wasn't the case.
As usual, you'll find power/ lock key, and power button located on the right hand side. This very device can take two micro-SIMs. Both the SIM card slots accompanied by the microSD card slot are beneath the plastic flap. Looking at the Fonepad 7's design there's an inspiration from the second generation Fonepad tablet device. The new model features powerful speakers, as claimed by Asus, but we were not able to test the quality.
The 7-inch IPS display (1280 x 800) is passable, but the Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM doesn't come close to the iPad Mini (first-generation) in terms of detail or brightness, with colors appearing rather washed out. We found the screen to be reflective in the outdoors and a little unresponsiveness at times. We hope the retail version will be better.