ASUS confirms Fonepad will launch Down Under

ASUS has announced that its Fonepad Android tablet will be available in Australia from early June

The ASUS Fonepad.

The ASUS Fonepad.

ASUS has announced that its Fonepad Android tablet will be available in Australia from early June.

The Fonepad is a 7in Android tablet that also functions as a regular smartphone. It was unveiled globally at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, in February.

ASUS describes the Fonepad as "a tablet that retains the flexibility of a smartphone, but removes the need to carry two different devices".

ASUS will sell two models of the Fonepad in Australia, both with 3G connectivity. The 8GB model will retail for $329, while the larger 32GB model will sell for $399.

The Fonepad weighs the same as the Google Nexus 7 (340g), a device also manufactured by ASUS. It also uses the same IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x800 and a pixel density of 216ppi.

The Fonepad is powered by an a 1.2GHz single-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor, has 1GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

There's also a microSD card slot to expand the 8GB of onboard memory, a non-removable 4270mAh battery and a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Both models sold in Australia also feature a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Fonepad doesn't have 4G connectivity, relying on the standard 3G network for data. It will work on all major Australian 3G networks including Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.

The Fonepad will be sold in Australia through various retailers from early June, though the company has not revealed any further information on specific retail availability.

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