Previously two years, Asus has launched no less than 4 totally different variations of the Fonepad 7. We noticed a Fonepad 7 (3G) launch final 12 months, adopted by the Fonepad 7 Twin SIM and the Fonepad 7 (FE375CG) within the first quarter of this 12 months. On high of that, the Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) launched only in the near past, and we now have it with us for evaluate.
This Fonepad 7 is Asus’s try at making a low-cost pill for the lots. Whereas the spec sheet is probably not spectacular, Asus’s meant audience would possibly approve of the Twin-SIM performance and voice calling options.
Appear and feel
The refreshed Fonepad 7 would not look too totally different from the Fonepad 7 we reviewed final 12 months however it appears to be like like Asus has tweaked the design barely to make it higher. Gone is the plain slippery again, which is now changed by a pleasant textured end. This aids in gripping the gadget. The whole physique is made of excellent high quality plastic and feels sturdy in on a regular basis use. Furthermore, Asus has shaved 28g from the earlier iteration and the burden of the brand new Fonepad 7 is 290g. This discount is straight away noticeable because the gadget is less complicated to make use of with one hand. We acquired the black model for evaluate however the pill can also be obtainable in crimson, blue and white.
Asus has determined to exchange the twin front-firing audio system with a single one on high of the display screen. Beneath the speaker is a front-facing digital camera. The 7-inch display screen is surrounded on all sides by pretty vast bezels. The perimeters curve inwards and on the correct are the amount rocker and energy button. The left edge has a flap that homes two slots for Micro-SIM playing cards and a slot for a microSD card. A Three.5mm jack and a Micro-USB port are on the highest of the Asus Fonepad 7. The first digital camera is on the rear together with a metallic Asus brand.
Specs, software program and digital camera
The Asus Fonepad 7 SoC is an Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with an built-in PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. The gadget additionally has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of inner space for storing, which could be additional expanded by 64GB utilizing a microSD card. Asus additionally bundles 5GB of house on Internet Storage, its very personal cloud platform, which is legitimate for all times. You additionally get an extra 11GB of house for the primary 12 months. There’s a 2-megapixel main digital camera and a zero.Three-megapixel entrance digital camera.
With respect to mobile connectivity, this voice-calling pill can connect with the 850/900/1800/1900/2100MHz frequency bands. There may be Bluetooth v4.zero and Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity as properly. The battery specification just isn’t talked about anyplace however Asus claims that it may possibly play movies for 10hrs. We will take a look at this declare in our efficiency part.
The 7-inch display screen has a decision of 1024×600. Asus’ specification sheet states that the display screen has an anti-fingerprint coating. We predict this can be a merciless joke because the display screen attracts fingerprints like Ryan Gosling attracts ladies. Additionally when you ever must set your hair, the display screen can work as a mirror. Below daylight, even the slightest tilt makes the display screen not viewable. Now we all know the place Asus minimize corners to maintain the price of the pill down.
The pill runs Android four.Three (Jelly Bean) with no phrase on an replace but. The second we fired it up and linked it to the Web, it began downloading a variety of updates together with the Google Companies Framework. Publish this, issues began getting bizarre. The launcher wouldn’t work correctly and each time we restarted the pill, it tried to put in extra updates and crashed. We predict this has one thing to do with ZenUI and the brand new updates not speaking to one another correctly. We continued with out updating the framework and every part labored effective.
For first-time customers, ZenUI takes a bit of getting used to. The lockscreen has direct-access icons for the Digicam, Cellphone and Messaging apps. Asus has one thing known as What’s Subsequent which strains up properly beside these icons on the lockscreen and is a singular tackle actually displaying what’s subsequent on the person’s schedule.
The colorful icons and delicate display screen flip animations make ZenUI look significantly better than numerous different customized skins on high Android do. Identical to what we noticed within the Asus Zenfone 5 (and Zenfone four and Zenfone 6), Asus bundles just a few third-party apps and a few proprietary apps together with AudioWizard, Omlet, Energy Saver, SuperNote, Internet Storage and Splendid. All of the apps are fairly helpful in some kind or different. Nonetheless, if for some purpose you need to uninstall these apps Asus would not permit that. Aside from an additional row of quantity keys on the default keyboad, Asus hasn’t made a lot use of the larger display screen actual property to permit apps to run in split-screen mode or any related function that another tablets have.
The two-megapixel main digital camera and zero.Three-megapixel front-camera tried actually heard to take good footage however failed. In all testing circumstances, we discovered that the rear digital camera is generally pointless. We predict Asus may have skipped the cameras on this Fonepad 7 and spent a bit of extra on a greater high quality display screen. In any case, it isn’t a patch on the 5-megapixel digital camera we used on the Asus Fonepad 7 Twin-SIM.
Aside from the preliminary software program hiccup that we talked about, the Asus Fonepad 7 did not current any issues in use. It is easy and works like a allure for many half. Even just a few high-end video games like Asphalt eight labored properly.
Within the AnTuTu and Quadrant benchmark exams, this pill scored 18,029 and 6,800, respectively. We additionally ran our graphics benchmarks and the Asus Fonepad 7 scored 13.1fps within the GFXbench take a look at and 5,148 within the extra intensive 3DMark Ice Storm sequence. The pill additionally performed all our take a look at movies. Our closely encoded 40mbps 1080p video file additionally did not bother it an excessive amount of. The choice to maneuver to a single speaker on this 12 months’s Fonepad 7 doesn’t have an effect on sound high quality – sound is sufficiently loud and clear as properly.
Asus’ declare about battery efficiency appears to be true since in our take a look at it lasted us round 10 hours, 22 minutes, which is definitely on the excessive aspect. There’s a pretty highly effective Energy Saver perform that works rather well too.
The Asus Fonepad 7 is obtainable for as little as Rs. 7,299 on e-commerce platforms, which is a very good value for a pill that performs so properly. Sure, the software program was barely iffy to start with, however that might have been an issue with our evaluate unit. The display screen just isn’t too nice and the digital camera is a joke, however the associated fee needed to be managed by some means.
There are different choices within the type of Flipkart’s personal Digiflip Professional ET701, which has the same set of specs and is priced a lot decrease than the Fonepad 7. It’s lacking the voice-calling functionality although. The Digiflip Professional XT801 then again has significantly better specs however as soon as once more would not have voice calling options. At this value, the Fonepad 7 hits the candy spot by providing voice-calling. Simply be sure to all the time carry a fabric to wipe fingerprints with.