BARCELONA, Spain--Asus has taken the wrapper off its new FonePad device, a 7-inch Android tablet that contains all the necessary tech to make phone calls. It also costs a mere $249, or £179. If Asus can sell what is basically a giant phone at half the cost of a high-end smartphone, why are smartphones so expensive in the first place?
I put the question to Asus, and while I didn't get a single, clear answer, I was given some clues.
"[With] small devices," Asus' regional director Jonahan Santaub said, "Often there's more engineering, development, … Read more