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First Look: The Asus FonePad 7: An Android phone with a huge 7-inch screen.

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First Look: The Asus FonePad 7: An Android phone with a huge 7-inch screen.

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At 7 inches, the Asus FonePad 7 is very much in tablet territory, but it packs a 3G radio, functioning as a standard Android phone.

Can't decide between a phone or a tablet? Well, ASUS may have the perfect compromise. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and this is the ASUS Fonepad 7, an Android phone with a whopping 7-inch screen. So we saw the first Fonepad only in February and it hasn't really changed that much since then. It's still absolutely enormous, but it has a plastic rather than a metal back. The 7-inch screen still has the same 1280x800 pixel resolution; now that is still the same as before which is a shame. We would like to see a full HD screen on something of this size. And it has 3G connectivity meaning that it does function exactly as any other phone would. Of course being so big you will look completely ridiculous holding it to your head. ASUS has given it a bit of a power boost though. It's still running on an Atom chip. This one is clocked at 1.6 gigahertz rather than the 1.2 gigahertz of the previous model. How much difference that actually makes remains to be seen when we give it the full review treatment. It's running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean but ASUS has also thrown in quite a lot of its own software and apps too. ASUS hasn't yet said exactly how much this model is going to cost but that it will be comparable to the existing model. So given that this one has a plastic back and hasn't had a screen resolution increase, I would hope it to be a little bit cheaper. We'll find out more when it goes on sale towards the end of the year. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and this is the ASUS Fonepad 7.

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