With the latest speed and storage upgrade, the voice-calling capable Asus FonePad now looks like a pretty good bargain.
Just a few weeks ago, Asus released the 3G-enabled FonePad Android phablet in several European and Asian markets, providing strong competition to the also voice-calling capable Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
Although reviews were generally favourable (praising the build quality and the gorgeous IPS screen), the FonePad was held back by its uncompetitive (by 2013 performance standards) 1.2GHz Atom "Lexington" Z2420 SoC and rather stingy 8GB of onboard flash (although in Asus defense, they did include a microSD slot unlike a certain Nexus 7).
Now for a mere US$60 more, Asus will sell you a souped up variant with a higher clocked 1.6GHz Atom Medfield Z2460 (still the same aging 32nm Cedar Trail derived architecture) and 32GB of internal eMMC storage. With the SoC upgrade, menu transitions and web browsing should be a more seamless affair. Our Chinese site counterparts also managed to mount and use a 64GB Patriot Class-10 SDXC card, which makes the FonePad a pretty capable video archive on the road.
We have not received country specific information about its availability yet but the upgraded FonePad model goes on sale today in Taiwan for NT$10,900, or around USD$360 / SGD$450.
Check out more pictures and performance benchmarks at the source link below.
Source: Chinese VR-Zone