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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Tech Review: ASUS FONEPAD 7 (FE170CG)

3.5 stars
While it's hardly the best in the market, the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG is a decent and reasonably-priced phablet.

Back in April 2013, ASUS Malaysia launched their flagship device – a 7-inch combo of smartphone and tablet (a.k.a. phablet) known as ASUS Fonepad. But it didn’t take long for the Taiwan-based tech giant to come up with a quick successor, which was ASUS Fonepad 7 ME372CG. Then along came the newest ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG, which was recently released last month on May 2014. Now that’s what I loved to call this as playing catch-up with technology.

To recap the previous model of ME372CG, that ASUS Fonepad 7 model was measured at 196.8 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.75 x 4.72 x 0.41 in) and weighed 328 g. By comparison, the brand-new Fonepad 7 is significantly slimmer with the dimensions measuring at 192 x 110 x 10.7 mm (7.56 x 4.33 x 0.42 in) and weighing at 290 g. The slimmer body, as well as its no-fuss ergonomic design is good enough for me to hold it in one hand while swiping my finger across the display with relative ease.
At 600 x 1024 pixels, the screen resolution for this 7-inch phablet doesn’t exactly blow my eyes away but it’s good enough to look at. For instance, I was satisfied when watching a HD movie trailer from YouTube in wide angle.


The Fonepad 7 bundled with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it’s upgradeable to the newest Android 4.4 KitKat. Powered by a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor, using the Fonepad 7 is a breeze. From swiping the home screens, checking email, blogging movie review, watching YouTube to browsing web pages, the Fonepad 7 phablet delivers speedy performance during my assignment.

Camera-wise, the 2-megapixels rear camera and 0.3-megapixels front camera is nothing extraordinary, but adequate enough to pull off a reasonably clear and sharp images.

As for the telephone functionality, I must say that the numeric keypad responds well enough on my tapping finger. But being a 7-inch phablet, I still find it ridiculous holding a device this big on my ear when answering phone call. Other than that, the size of this phablet and the responsive keypad makes it more comfortable for me to type messages via WhatsApp, LINE or Facebook Chat.

The sound quality, which uses the ASUS SonicMaster technology on the front speaker, is excellent especially when listening to my favourite music.


While the Fonepad 7 isn’t groundbreaking or particularly the best phablet in the market by any means, it remains a decent enough 7-inch portable device for everyday usage. Plus, at a highly reasonable price range of RM499, I have to say that’s a steal!

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