ASUS isn’t just gearing up to show us their first ever smartwatch at IFA, they’re also preparing to launch the Fonepad 7 in China, with a September 1st purchase date that will see consumers in the region have access to a phone with a tablet sized display. Think about that for a moment. A phone.. with a screen the size of a Nexus 7. Have you ever just tried to mock making a phone call on the Nexus 7? It isn’t comfortable to hold in the slightest. Perhaps that’s just me though. The Fonepad 7 for demand reasons might not ever get a U.S. release, quite simply because I think plenty of people share the same sentiment as I do about phones that are too big. There is a line, and ASUS has crossed it.
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However, the Fonepad 7 shapes up to be a decent sounding and decent looking device despite it being too big for many people here in the states. It starts with the first thing you notice which is obviously the 7-inch screen, but below that it’s powered by an Intel Moorefield CPU(Intel Atom Z3530 quad-core 64-bit processor clocked at 1.33 GHz)for handling the phones tasks and functions. When it comes to the screen resolution, you’ll get 7-inches of 1280 x 800 pixels in an IPS makeup. The Fonepad 7’s other specs while not up to par for some of us, should still provide ample enough performance and functional purposes for many.
It sports 8GB of storage, which isn’t ideal for anyone looking to keep literally everything they ever put on the phone, but it’s certainly manageable. To help manage tasks, it comes with 1GB of RAM on board, and it’s running Android 4.4 Kit Kat, which is the latest Android version to date, although that will quickly change as we’re expecting Android L to be here in just a couple of short months. It’s also got a 5MP rear facing camera with a 2MP front shooter, and apparently boasts a little over 11 hours of battery life on one single charge. It’s a phone meant for the Chinese market, so it has dual SIM slots, and it’s also Bluetooth 4.0 and miracast compatible. There is no word on exactly what the price might be for this device, but we’re also pretty certain it won’t matter to many since this isn’t a phone sold outside of the Chinese region at this point.