Asus today announced the new Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG), an 8-inch tablet with dual-SIM, 3G phone functionality and powered by the 64-bit quad-core IntelAtom Z3530 1.33GHz processor.
This 8.9 mm thin tablet weighs only 310 grams and claims to have “an all-new design that is lighter and narrower than its predecessor, yet offers a larger viewing area thanks to a class-leading ultra-narrow bezel”. The Fonepad 8 features an 8-inch HD (1280 x 800 pixels) IPS display and dual front speakers tuned with MaxxAudio for immersive multimedia experiences.
The Asus Fonepad 8 looks quite powerful too with a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3530 processor that has a clock speed of 1.33GHz and huge 2 GB DDR3 RAM. Fonepad 8 is available with 16GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded with up to 64GB of Micro SD card.
Like other Asus devices, the Asus Fonepad 8 that is based on Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system comes with Asus ZenUI. “Asus ZenUI is packed with more than 1000 software enhancements and sports a new visual design with modern ‘flat’ icons, customisable vivid colour themes that match the device colour, animations, new ringtones and notification sounds, and a clean layout to clearly present information,” claimed Asus.
Asus ZenUI also includes two features – What’s Next and Do It Later – designed to free users from actively having to manage the multitude of information they are confronted with daily, and enable them to be more productive.
What’s Next puts the information currently most important and useful to the user- such as upcoming appointments, new messages and missed calls from VIP contacts, weather at the next destination, and more – front and center on the lock screen, the home screen and in the notification drawer.
Asus ZenUI also makes file sharing easier thanks to a host of apps. Party Link improves on the sharing experience by letting users share files or photos with up to three parties simultaneously, with images immediately shared the moment they are taken with the Asus ZenUI Camera app. Share Link lets users easily share files stored in their Fonepad easily with other devices when in Wi-Fi hotspot mode.
For connectivity, the Fonepad 8 comes equipped with two SIM slots for 3G connectivity and voice calls. It offers Bluetooth, micro USB port and WiFi.
The Fonepad 8 has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with PixelMaster technology that claimes to offer high-quality images and videos. The Asus Fonepad 8 comes equipped with a 4000 mAh battery that, as per Asus, provides up to 12 hours of life when watching videos or browsing the web, or up to 21 hours of 3G talk time.
Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) is now available in Black and Gold colours from Flipkart for Rs 13,999.