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Asus Fonepad goes on sale for £179

Carphone Warehouse sells the Asus Fonepad tablet, otherwise known as the ME 317 MG, for as little as £179. This device, which we saw back in February, combines 3G capabilities with an Intel processor, making it as such a unique product on the market.Compared to an equivalent Google Nexus 7 with 3G, this one swaps the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC for a single core Intel Atom Z2520 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz and adds full phone functionality (rather than just 3G) and a microSD card slot.

The rest of the feature list reads as follows: a 7in 1,280 x 800 pixel display with IPS technology, a premium metallic design, up to nine hours battery life, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Asus' SonicMaster audio technology with Maxx audio software bundled, an innovative task manager and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Sizewise, the Fonepad is comparable to the Nexus 7 with a thickness of 10.4mm and a weight of 340g. In theory, you should be able to load Windows 8 on this tablet although 16GB is likely to be just about sufficient to load Windows 8 (or Windows 7).

It would be interesting to see whether you can use a Bluetooth tablet with it, essentially converting it into a netbook. Check out our hands-on preview of the Asus Fonepad here.

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