Yes, it's possible to make a phone call from the 7-inch Asus Fonepad
At Mobile World Congress today, Asus took the whole "phablet" concept to a new level with the Fonepad. It's got a 7-inch screen, which makes it way too big to hold comfortably to your ear, although the spokesperson in this video gives it a valiant effort. But as he explains, the Fonepad is really an Android tablet -- the company expects people to use it mostly for email, social networking, and gaming, with telephony as a secondary experience. If you really need to make a phone call, they suggest using a Bluetooth headset.
Equally interesting, the tablet is one of the first devices to run Intel's "Lexington" platform, based around its low-powered Atom Z240, which is the company's latest response to the popularity of ARM-based processors in mobile devices. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and will be available in Europe by the end of June for 219 Euro.
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