updated 08:22 am EDT, Mon June 3, 2013
Asus FonePad FHD Note takes on Galaxy Note with Intel Atom inside
Foregoing the customary 'ARMdroid' combination, Asus has incorporated 1.6GHz a dual-core Intel Atom (Z260) into its new 6-inch FonePad Note. Squarely aimed at Samsung's popular 5.3-inch Galaxy Note 2 line (rumored to go 6-inches for the Galaxy Note 3), the FonePad Note also includes a stylus for handwritten input. Although running Android, Asus has not yet confirmed which iteration of 'Jelly Bean' that it is shipping with.
The FonePad FHD Note centers on a large 6-inch IPS 1080p display, continuing the shift to ever-larger phone call-capable Android handsets. With the former 5-inch 'phablet' category now reduced to a mainstream display size by the Galaxy S4, the 2013 version of Android phablets is now moving well into the 6-inch class. We recently reviewed the Huawei Ascend Mate, which is also 6-inches, but is priced at the mid-range market, while also carrying a lower resolution 720p display.
Connectivity is provided by a DC-HSPA+ cellular connection, otherwise eschewing the move to LTE among other high-end devices. An 8-megapixel camera is built into the rear of the device, while a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera provides 720p video chat capabilities. Like the HTC One, Acer has built dual front-facing stereo speakers into device, powered by SonicMaster technology.
Pricing and availability is yet to be formally announced, but can be expected to vary by region.