Asus Fonepad tablet-o-smartphone goes on preorder at Amazon for £180

Amazon has put the Asus Fonepad tablet on preorder for a mere £179.99 with an expected delivery date on 26 April. The device – which is known as the ME371MG - not only can make calls (it is compatible with HSPDA+ as well) but also has GPS, a front facing camera and much more.

Other features include an Intel Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2GHz (one core, two threads, 512KB L2 cache, PowerVR SGX540 clocked at 400MHz), 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 7in 1,280 x 800 pixel 10-point multi-touch IPS display, a noise-cancelling digital microphone and up to nine hours battery life.

The tablet was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February and many believe that it will be a potent competitor to the Asus Nexus 7 (or its forthcoming successor). It would be interesting to see whether someone manages to hack it and install any flavour of Windows on it.

Bear in mind that the first Netbook, the Asus Eee PC 701, had a much worse configuration. Most importantly, the Fonepad matches the minimum requirements of Windows 8 (1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB onboard storage). Check out our preview of the Asus Fonepad here.