Asus Fonepad - 7" Android Tablet running on Intel Lexington - $265
Seems like we can look forward to a crop of Android Tablets based on Intel SoCs at MWC...
ASUS FonePad 7-inch Tablet Leaked, Packs Intel CPU and Android Jelly Bean
ASUS is one the first company in the world that developed a tablet member of the Nexus tribe. As you probably guessed, I am talking about the popular Nexus 7 unveiled last year in June, synchronized with the debut of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 became such a huge success mostly because of its technical specs and price point, using the same recipe that helped Amazon Kindle fire climb to the top of the best-selling Android tablets in Q4 2011.
It seems that ASUS has learned its lesson from the the collaboration with Google, and after the rumor mill hinted that the Taiwan-based company will bring two new affordable tablets at MWC 2013, MeMo Pad 7 and MeMo Pad 10, today we’ve found out about a new cheap ASUS tablet.
Apparently, ASUS is readying a new 7-inch tablet, named Fonepad. Yes, the name is a bit confusing, especially that the Taiwanese company already has the Padfone and Padfone 2 smartphone-tablet combo in its portfolio.
But let’s forget the name and have a look inside the alleged ASUS Fonepad. Surprisingly enough, it looks like it will be underpinned by an Intel Atom CPU, as leaked Postel Indonesia’s database suggests.
The reports are also indicating that the affordable ASUS Fonepad will boast a 7-inch display with IPS technology and a resolution of 1,2800 x 800, and if the price is right it might be a rival worthy of Google’s… errr, ASUS’ Nexus 7.
The technical specs sheet also includes 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 3 megapixel camera on the back of the case, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern tablet: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
The price of the ASUS Fonepad also leaked, and it seems that the 7-inch tablet will cost as much as $265. Will it be worth it? We can’t know yet, especially because we have very little info about the Atom Z2420 Lexington chipset.
So far, Intel has only provided its processors for terminals meant for the emergent markets, and, to be honest, most of them came with sub-par performance. After the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 changed people’s perspective on the affordable 7-inch tablets, as both provided decent performance, thus the Intel Lexington platform underpinning the ASUS Fonepad must meet their expectations.
Well, at least it will come with above-par battery life, as Intel has always cared about this aspect of their chips. The reports are also claiming that the ASUS Fonepad will also have calling facilities, making the tablet even more interesting.
Do you think the Taiwan-based company will bring the ASUS Fonepad at Mobile World Congress 2013 event that debuts later next month?
Interesting product. This is just beginning of Intel's transformation of the tablet and smartphone industry. We will see Intel inside every device category and every price point with performance and features that are best-in-class. Over the next 24 months Intel will deliver innovation and improvements on a schedule never before seen by Intel, or anyone else. Improvements on this pace and scale are unprecedented in the semiconductor industry and it is very likely it will reset everyone's exectations what performance means.
Xolo X500 and its Intel Atom Z2420 CPU get benchmarked, get pretty good scores
January 31st, 2013, 20:20 bySunil26 comments
Xolo X500, which was launched a week ago in India, has just been benchmarked. The smartphone is designed for emerging markets with low cost at higher priority than stellar performance, but it did surprisingly well.
Perhaps a part of the explanation is that the Intel chip also uses its hyper threading technology, which has better multi-tasking ability. The smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Lexington Z2420 processor along with Power VR SGX540 GPU.
The Atom-powered Xolo X500 is right behind the Xolo X900, which is powered by the Medfield chipset in the Quadrant benchmark tests.
However the X500 managed to beat its more expensive sibling at the AnTuTu benchmark. The smartphone aggregates 12859 points in the AnTuTu 3.0 benchmark, which is not bad at all.
Xolo X500 is on top of Vellamo 1.0 browser benchmark tests too and scores a hefty 1168 and 421 points in the HTML5 web browser tests and CPU subsystem performance respectively
The X500 also managed to max out the NenaMark 2 benchmark. At the onscreen GLBenchmark test it only managed 18fps, but it should still do pretty well with all but the heaviest games.