Intel and ASUS Strengthen Tablet Portfolio with the Launch of Atom-powered ASUS Fonepad

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Intel and ASUS Strengthen Tablet Portfolio with the Launch of Atom-powered ASUS Fonepad
  • Built-in 3G for fast mobile data and full telephony support give two-in-one flexibility at a competitive price
  • Android tablet features 7” high-definition screen, voice-calling and telecommunications capabilities

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30th April, 2013 – Intel Corporation (Intel) and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) today unveiled the much-anticipated Intel® Atom™ powered ASUS Fonepad™, a competitively priced handheld with 3G voice and mobile data to offer to deliver the best qualities of a smartphone and tablet in a sleek and compatible 7-inch device. Powered by the new Intel® Atom™ Z2420/Z2460 processor with Android 4.1 (upgradable to 4.2), Fonepad™ features a vibrant HD display with IPS technology for wide viewing angles and outstanding clarity.

“Intel Atom processors empower users with a powerful mobile computing platform to experience fast and responsive applications in a multitude of devices, ranging from tablets to smartphones”, said Khaldoun Aboul-Saoud, Regional Manager for Markets Development at Intel. “With the technology we’ve integrated into our processors, users are able to experience rich graphics and high-definition video, as well as running power intensive applications without sacrificing responsiveness or performance.”

“It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles. We are very excited to bring our latest innovation to this market,” said Leon Yu, ASUS Middle East Regional Director for System Product Group.

Beautiful metallic design with Intel® Atom™ performance
The latest Intel® Atom™ processor is optimized for the Android platform, providing power management and security tools while balancing performance, security and power efficiency for Android applications. ASUS Fonepad™ is ideal for people who value both the voice communication features of a smartphone and the entertainment opportunities afforded by a tablet, but prefer the convenience of carrying just one device. Fonepad™ is a sleek and compact tablet with a metallic design that can be held comfortably in one hand with a modern and stylish appeal, thanks to its light 340g weight and slim 10.4mm profile.

Built-in 3G for mobile data and voice calls
Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data means ASUS Fonepad™ is an always-connected mobile device for seamless web browsing, fast downloads from the Google Play Store, and smooth streaming of audio and video. Thanks to its full 3G telephony support, Fonepad™ can also be used for voice calls using the built-in noise-cancelling digital microphone or an optional Bluetooth headset.

Intel and ASUS Strengthen Tablet Portfolio with the Launch of Atom-powered ASUS Fonepad

Powerful processor, limitless capabilities
Powered by an Intel Atom Z2420 rated at 1.2GHz, or an optional Z2460 processor rated at 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM and the PowerVR SGX540 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), the ASUS Fonepad™ is equipped to handle any task thrown at it, whether it’s browsing Flash-enabled website, watching movies and listening to music, or playing graphic-intensive 3D games, the ASUS Fonepad™ can power through all of these tasks with ease. Fonepad™ is available in 8GB and 32GB capacities, and has an SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage. All models feature a front 1.2-megapixel camera for easy video chat and an optional rear 3-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording. ASUS SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing by Waves ensures clear, well-rounded sound quality.

Exclusive ASUS apps and accessories enhance productivity
ASUS Fonepad™ comes with a number of exclusive ASUS productivity apps to simply users’ efficiency and tasks: Floating App for easy management of running apps and multi-tasking; SuperNote lite for handwritten notes and drawing; and WebStorage Office Online for Microsoft Office-compatible document editing on the move. Fonepad™ users also get 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage for syncing and sharing data with other devices.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2011 was approximately US$11.9 billion.

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