Asus Phonepad Might Combine 7-Inch Tablet with Phone

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Asus is reportedly getting close to announcing the Phonepad, a device designed for people looking for a 7-inch tablet and a phone in one. It will supposedly use an Intel processor, not the usual ARM one.

Asus MeMO PadThe device will supposedly run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on an Intel Atom Z242 processor. Android was developed to run on ARM processores, but Google and Intel collaborated on bringing Android to Atom processors. Still, this combination isn’t commonly used.

Asus is allegedly going to include 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It’s not yet clear if the device will have a microSD memory card slot.

This Phonepad’s 7-inch IPS touchscreen will have a resolution of 1280 x 800, if the report by DigiTimes is correct. Tablets with 7-inch screens are common, but ones that can also act as a phone are not.

Other features of this tabletphone will reportedly include a 3 megapixel rear camera, 3G cellular-wireless networking, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

The price for this product could be around $270 to $300, and it might be announced by Asus at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow taking place later this month in Barcelona.

This company already makes a number of Android-based tablets, including the Google Nexus 7 and the recently-announced Asus MeMo Pad (pictured at right).

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