The form size difference between a phablet and tablet has become negligible these days, which is why we’re seeing many 8 inch tablets being made. Brands like Samsung, Lenovo and even Apple have products in this space with Google joining the gang with its latest Nexus tablet.
So it is not at all surprising to see Asus make a beeline to get into 8 inch fray in India. They have announced the Fonepad 8 tablet priced at Rs 13,999. Their latest Fonepad product offers voice-calling support and 3G connectivity option, running on the Zen UI. Powered by a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom CPU and 1GB RAM, Fonepad offer 16GB storage, expandable by up to 64GB. The tablet’s display gets 1280x800p resolution and you’ll find dual-front speakers for better audio output.
The slate comes fitted with a 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing cameras equipped with PixelMaster technology that was well received on the Zenfone series for its overall quality. Powered by Zen UI over Android 4.4 KitKat version, the tablet looks like the interface of any Zenfone product albeit in a bigger form size.
Besides keeping a check on the power efficiency of the tablet, Fonepad 8 is quite the stunner with its 8.9mm figurine and weighing 310 grams, there’s hardly anything you could have asked for a tablet. All this hardware should be well matched up by the 4000mAh battery loaded under the hood for day-to-day use purpose.
At this price point, Fonepad 8 competes with Samsung Tab 4 8.0, Nexus 7 (2013) and Dell’s 8 inch Venue offering. With smartphones being made as big as 6.4-inch, it makes perfect sense to shift base from 7 inch to 8 inch (or higher) for tablet and that’s precisely what most companies are doing lately.