Intel-based phablet on the way from Asus

The 7-inch Asus Fonepad, which would be the first Intel-based phablet, is expected to debut at the Mobile World Conference later this month.

Asus MeMO Pad: the Fonepad may be a higher end version of the MeMO Pad.
Asus MeMO Pad: the Fonepad may be a higher end version of the MeMO Pad. Asus

Asus, the maker of Google's Nexus 7, will debut a 7-inch Fonepad at Mobile World Congress later this month, according to sources familiar with the product.

Reports say the Fonepad may be priced in the same ballpark as -- or slightly higher than -- the Nexus 7 but below the MeMO Pad, which Asus launched Friday in Asia.

Leaked photos show it with an aluminum body and an Intel badge on the back.

An independent source familiar with the product has confirmed the Fonepad with CNET.

Widely-reported specifications include Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), an Intel Atom processor with Imagination PowerVR SGX540 graphics, a 1,280x800 IPS touch screen, 1GB of RAM, storage ranging up to 32GB, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera.

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