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Asus announces redesigned Fonepad 7

Vendor’s 7-inch Android mini features new ZenUI interface

Asus announces redesigned Fonepad 7
Fonepad 7 is available in four colours: black, red, white, and blue.

Asus this week announced the Fonepad 7, the latest version of its 7-inch Android 3G mini offering.

The latest edition comes in a range of colors, and is powered by an Intel Atom Multi-Core 1.2GHz Processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology.

It is narrower than its predecessor, measuring 110mm across so it "can be easily held in one hand" and weighs 290g. A narrow bezel design provides users with a larger viewing area on which to experience the brand new ZenUI interface. Fonepad 7 is available in four colours (black, red, white, and blue).

The tablet runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), which is upgradeable to 4.4 (KitKat). Asus claims the device has 10 hours of battery life.

The handset also has built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data with download speeds up to 42Mbit/s and uploads of 5.76Mbit/s. 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.

The Fonepad 7 has a rear-facing 2-megapixel camera capable of taking 1600 x 1200 resolution images and 720p video recording at up to 30 frames per second (fps). The front facing 0.3-megapixel camera allows for video chats and VGA video recording at 30fps. Both cameras feature f/2.8 aperture lenses. Improved camera software features a Selfie Mode that automatically starts a countdown and takes a shot once it detects a preset number of faces in the frame, as well as Time Rewind mode which takes a series of burst shots so the user can choose the best images from the set.

Fonepad 7 features the proprietary Asus ZenUI mobile device interface and more than 200 software tweaks over previous Asus interfaces. The new UI opts for flat icons; customisable colour themes that match the device colour; animations; and new ringtones and notification sounds.

Asus Fonepad 7 will be available for AED 699 from the middle of May in all major UAE retailers.

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