Asus updated its Fonepad lineup at IFA with new 6in and 7in tablets that can also make phone calls.
The Fonepad 7 is an update to the version introduced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress. Now, here in Berlin, Asus is giving it a new non-slip finish and faster HSPA+ 3G speeds, among other things.
"With full 3G telephony support across GSM and WCDMA bands, Fonepad 7 can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset," Asus said.
The Fonepad 7 runs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its 7in display has a 1,280 x 800 resolution, and can capture photos and full HD video via the 5-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front-facing device.
There's 1GB of RAM and the option of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of on-board storage, expandable via micro SDHC. It supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.
The 6in Padfone Note 6, meanwhile, is a tablet with a stylus, according to Asus, but it too can make voice calls. Compared to the 6.3in Samsung Galaxy Mega and 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra smartphones, the Padfone Note 6 might seem small to be listed in the tablet category, but Asus said the device is "designed for people who prefer the larger screen of a tablet for apps and entertainment, but who don't want a separate smartphone just for telephone calls and Internet access on the move."
Asus promised up to 23 hours of 3G talk time and more than six hours of 720p HD video playback.
The Fonepad Note 6 runs a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It sports a 1,920 x 1,080 display at 367ppi. There's 2GB of RAM and the option of 16 or 32GB of onboard storage. The Fonepad Note 6 features an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p full HD recording and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Pricing and availability for the devices were not released, but both will come in black or white.