TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus' Fonepad has been priced and dated for its UK release following its unveiling at Mobile World Congress.
The last we heard, the Asus Fonepad was tipped to arrive in the UK this month priced at around £250. While the release date was right with the device set to tip up on 26 April, Asus has said that the Fonepad will cost just £179.99 upfront. This sees the Asus Fonepad looking to appeal to the same market as its Nexus 7 tablet, which reportedly is the best selling Android tablet to date.
According to Asus, retailers including Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Sainsbury's will start taking preorders for the device from 12 April, before it is shipped two weeks later.
The Asus Fonepad made its debut at this year's Mobile World Congress along with the Asus Padfone Infinity. Unlike most tablets, however, the Fonepad is capable of making phone calls, eliminating the need for users to buy a separate smartphone and tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 boasts similar capabilities, but that hybrid device is much more expensive at £339 SIM-free.
The hybrid tablet smartphone features a 7in 1280x800 screen powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
There are also 3MP and 1.2MP front and rear cameras, plus HSDPA and WiFi connectivity, a 4,270mAh battery and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD slot.
Check back soon for our full Asus Fonepad review. µ