Phablets are here to stay! Just kidding. It’s too soon to tell if the
hybrid phone-tablet trend will become a standard, but the category will
soon include the Asus Fonepad Note FHD 6 to its growing landscape.
The Android 4.2 phablet is similar to the Asus Fonepad,
which has recently become commercially available in Asia, but features a
smaller 6-inch Super IPS+ LCD screen with a higher 1,920×1,080-pixel
resolution. Unlike its predecessor, the Fonepad Note FHD 6 is designed
with a stylus, which makes use of baked in software provided by Asus.
specs include 8GB or 16GB of internal storage with microSD card slot,
3G capabilities, a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 2GB of
RAM, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera and 8-megapixel rear
It’s hard to avoid the the similarities between the newer, smaller Asus Fonepad and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
The two phablets share a middle name and stylus-inclusive designs, but
the Note 2 has a smaller 5.5-inch 1,280×720-pixel resolution AMOLED
display with a pixel density of 267 ppi (pixels per inch). In
comparison, the new Fonepad Note FHD 6 has a larger, higher resolution
display and pixel density of 367 ppi.
The Asus phablet
boasts superior screen specs but the Galaxy Note 2 may still have a leg
up in performance. It houses Samsung’s own zippy 1.6 GHz quad-core
Exynos 4 processor and features LTE capabilities– something the Fonepad
FHD 6 unfortunately lacks. The exclusion of 4G may not be detrimental,
but in a burgeoning market that is competing with a variety of
successful smartphones, every useful spec counts.
The sparse, yet
expanding, phablet market is still finding its bearings with what looks
good, feels right, and works well for consumers. The Asus Fonepad Note
FHD 6 seems like a step in the right direction. Pricing and availability
have yet to be announced, so check back to Info-Pc for updates.