ASUS Fonepad 8 Review
With an explosion of variety in mobile devices, we often find ourselves indecisively oscillating from smartphone to tablet and vice versa – from 5-incher to 9-incher – from palm-friendly compactness to mammoth mobile device display. If you too are trapped in this hardship of choice between a Smartphone and a tablet device, then the ASUS Fonepad 8 is a convenient option to beat the dilemma and settle with the best of both worlds… So, let us find out how it fits the bill.
Just what the moniker implies, ASUS Fonepad 8 is an 8-inch tablet (or a phablet, if you like) which is powered by Android 4.4 kitkat operating system, with ASUS’s own layer of touch-screen interface. ASUS Fonepad 8 exudes a stunning look and feel owing to its rounded edged, high-gloss chassis of just 120mm wide and 5.06mm narrow bezel. Its compact and ergonomic design would give adequate easiness to hold and carry during prolonged hours of YouTube and video watching, gaming, e-book reading, or browsing web or social networking sites/apps. Its high-glossy surface is covered with a high-resolution 1280x800 HD IPS display that sports 400 nits.
The tablet is available in a range of multiple colors including black, red, white and gold to complement to varied style statements.
ASUS Fonepad 8 features Intel Atom Z3530 Quad-Core, up to 1.33 GHz, 64bit processor, 2GB RAM, and up to HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps 3G connectivity; these render in speedy performance, seamless video play, gaming and multi-tab browsing. With a 15.2Wh Li-polymer battery, ASUS Fonepad 8 tablet gives 12 hours of battery life, 600 hours of 3G standby and 21 hours of 3G talk-time.
ASUS Fonepad 8 has dual front speakers which is backed up with SonicMaster Technology which outputs clear and loud sound experience during music listening and video watching experience. Apparently if you are audiophile, then narrowing down upon this ASUS Fonepad 8 tablet will be a bit easier! The Miracast support embedded in ASUS Fonepad 8, the tablets enables users to stream 720pixel multimedia content from the tablet to an external monitor, such as a LED TV, to view and play photos and videos on large screen. At the same time, ASUS Fonepad 8 also supports DLNA technology to let you multitask as you stream multimedia content on an external display.
Dimensions: 120 x 214 x 8.9 mm (WxDxH)
Weight: 310 g
Accessory: ASUS View Folio Cover included
Operating System: Android 4.4
Display: 8" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) Screen; IPS Panel; 10 finger multi-touch support; Anti-fingerprint coating
CPU: Intel Atom Z3530 Quad-Core, up to 1.33 GHz, 64bit
Onboard Storage: 8GB/16GB; 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space 2 with an additional 11GB for the first year
Network and Connectivity:
3G: HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps
2G: EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900,
Wi-Fi: WLAN802.11 b/g/n
Camera: 2 MP Front Camera, 5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus (720p Video recording)
Audio: Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology
Slots and ports:
Headphone / Mic-in: 1 × 2-in-1 Audio Jack
Micro USB, Micro SD Card Reader up to 64GB, 2 Micro SIM card slot (Dual SIM SKU)4,
G-Sensor, Proximity, Light sensor, E-compass, Hall sensor
12 hours battery life; 15.2Wh Li-polymer Battery
Talk Time: 21 hours of 3G
Navigation: GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
Color: Black, White, Red, and Gold