ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE connectivity

At Mobile World Congress on Monday, ASUS debuted two all-new additions to its popular Fonepad line.

ASUS announced two new variants of its refreshed Fonepad 7 voice-calling tablet on Monday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

The new FonePad 7 LTE ME372CL features support for 4G LTE networks, while the FonePad 7 ME175CG is a dual-SIM model for use in markets where customers regularly need to connect to multiple wireless networks.

Most of the specifications are the same between the new devices and the refreshed Fonepad 7 tablet, which featured a single-SIM card slot, and 3G+Wi-Fi connectivity. They each feature Intel processors, 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel displays, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The new models also feature stereo front-facing speakers, 3950mAh batteries, 5MP rear cameras, and 1.2MP front-facing cameras.

ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE connectivity
Photo: Asus.

One key difference between the original Fonepad 7 and the new 3G model is the processor. The company’s Fonepad 7 with 3G that is already on sale has an Intel dual-core Atom Z2560 processor, but the new model introduced at MWC has a slower and lower-power Intel Atom Z2520 processor, which is expected to prolong battery life.

Pricing and availability for the new phablets have not been released, but we do know the original Fonepad 7 sells for around $300 without a contract (in the markets where it’s available).

ASUS also introduced a new Android user interface called ZenUI, which will first appear in the recently announced PadFone Mini, PadFone and ZenFone products. However, it will not be immediately included on the new Fonepads.

The ZenUI brings a modern user interface with flat icons and new color options, the company said in a statement. The user interface also has new ringtones, and notifications: “What’s Next” prioritizes and displays important information such as appointments, calls and messages from close friends. “Do It Later” is the opposite, showing reminders at later times on things that are less important.

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