Asus threw caution to the wind when they released the Fonepad 7 phablet in 2013, and it must have paid off. The Taiwan-based gadget maker announced a new model today, with an Atom CPU and both Wifi and cellular connectivity.
This year's Fonepad 7 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop on a 1.3 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3530 with 2GB RAM and 8GB or 16GB internal storage. It has a pair of cameras (2MP and 5MP), a microSD card slot, and a 7" IPS display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel. It has both Wifi and Bluetooth, and it also sports a dual purpose mike/headphone jack, g-sensor, compass, and a proximity/light sensor.
Weighing in at 299 grams, the Fonepad 7 FE375CL measures 10mm thin and packs in a 15Wh battery which is specced to provide a runtime of 12 hours of video playback or up to 22 and a half hours of 3G talk time.
This phablet is going to first launch in Taiwan with a local retail in the range of $250. There is no info on when it's going to launch globally, but i will note that past models can be had on Amazon. They're rather expensive as off-contract unlocked phones, but their presence suggests that someone is importing them into the US.
I would expect that this model will also be imported. And if not, you can always order it from a Chinese retailer.