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Asus to launch Intel-based Nexus 7 followup called Fonepad at MWC 2013?

Asus will apparently launch a new entry level tablet at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The new tablet will, according to a number of reports, be called the Fonepad and will be based on an Intel Atom Z2420 system-on-chip.

A Bulgarian website says that the chip will run at 1.2GHz, with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics unit, a 7in IPS display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1.2-megapixel front facing one, a memory card slot, between 8GB and 32GB storage, a 4,270mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

In other words, it would be a complementary tablet to the Google Nexus 7 which was launched last year (and retails for around £199 for the 32GB model) although we fail to see at which price range the Fonepad will be pitched.

Digitimes reckons that this new tablet will be sandwiched between Asus’s already launched cheap MeMO Pad and the Nexus 7. As for the name itself, Fonepad, we wonder whether that means that the tablet will have any voice-capabilities like the original 7in Samsung Galaxy Tab. In the meantime, why not check out our review of the Google Nexus 7.

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