Asus Announces the Fonepad Note, a 6” Smartphone

The Fonepad Note is Asus’ go at a new smartphone for this year, announced today at Computex 2013. It’s bigger than the Samsung phone of the same name, but is it better? Well, no. Not really. But it’s not bad!

The Fonepad is a 6” Android phone running on a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, with 2 GB of RAM. The display is probably the most impressive part – a Full HD 1920 x 1080 Super IPS+ display, with a brightness of 450 nits for better outdoor use. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Fonepad Note also comes with a stylus, which can be used with Asus’ own software for sketching and note taking. Audio is coming from Asus’ SonicMaster technology and front-facing speakers.

The big caveat, then, is that this isn’t an LTE phone. It’s just a 3G phone, for both voice and data. It’s a little underpowered in terms of processing power, and the lack of LTE will discourage many, but in the 6” category, it’s one of the best. Granted, there’s not a lot of company in the 6” category, and whether or not there’s actually a 6” market out there is open for debate.

Finally, we do know there will be an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front-facing camera.

Like with most of their reveals at their Computex press conference, Asus had nothing to say about pricing or availability, but Q3 this year seems to be a fairly good guess (that’s the target for many of the devices announced at Computex so far).