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Asus Fonepad Note 6 Review: Note The Fonepad

The Samsung Galaxy Note series was well-known with its S-Pen functionality. As many manufacturers have come out their phablet to compete with each other, Asus is another manufacturer that come out with its phablet to the markets.

Asus Fonepad Note 6 official photos

Here's the specifications of the Fonepad Note 6:
- Dimensions: 164.8 x 88.8 x 10.3 mm
- Weight: 210 g
- Display: 6" Super IPS+ LCD Full HD display
- Processor: 2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580
- RAM: 2 GB
- Memory: 16 GB, microSD card slot
- Camera: 8 MP, 1080p video recording, 1.2 MP front
- Battery: 3,200 mAh
- OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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The retail package is quite simple but nice, inside the box there's a Fonepad Note 6, AC adapter, microUSB cable, earphone, earbuds and, manual and guide.

Asus Fonepad Note 6 retail package

The Fonepad Note 6 is the smallest edition in the Fonepad family, however it is still a big device and single-hand operation might be a problem.

Asus Fonepad Note 6 front (left) and back (right)

The Fonepad Note 6 uses boxy design, but it has rounded edges, which gives you a better handling. However as we mentioned earlier, the device is still considered big.


Sitting on top of the display, there's a speaker, 1.2 MP front-facing shooter and light sensor. While below the display there's a Asus logo and another speaker. The Fonepad Note 6 features dual front stereo speakers with SonicMaster music enhancement, so that the speaker quality will be better.


On top of the device, there's a 3.5 mm headphone jack, which gives you the accessible to your earphone. The power button and volume rocker are located at the right side of the device.


At the left side, there's microSIM and microSD card slot that covered by a flap.


At the bottom of the device, there's a slot for the Waltop stylus, a microUSB port and a microphone.


At the back there's an 8 MP camera without LED flash and the Intel logo is at the bottom part.

The Fonepad Note 6 has a 6" Super IPS+ LCD Full HD display at 367 ppi of pixel density. The display is sharp and the colour is good.


The Fonepad Note 6 has a wide viewing angle, thanks to IPS technology. You can change the screen temperature and enhancement from Splendid.

Splendid app allows you to adjust the temperature and enhancement

The Fonepad Note 6 is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Asus own user interface. Basically the user interface is identical to stock Android UI but with additional features.


Overall the user interface runs smoothly but lagging is still noticeable. Asus hasn't shared any news regarding to the firmware update for the Fonepad Note 6.

One of the feature is Asus gives you options to choose between Asus Quick Settings or stock Android Quick Settings which found on Nexus devices.


You can also rearrange the toogles in Asus Quick Settings. All you need to do is just long press the toogle and move it to rearrange.

Another nice feature is the System Bar Lock. The System Bar Lock feature lock the status bar and the on-screen Android buttons to avoid users accidentally pressing the buttons while playing games or enjoying movies.


To lock the system bar, you just need to long press the home button and select the lock icon. To unlock the system bar, you just need to long press the lock icon and swipe up to unlock.

Meanwhile, long press the home button doesn't give you the only option to activate Google Now, but you can also activate other shortcuts.

Speaking to the feature, the selling point of the Fonepad Note 6 is the Waltop stylus. Basically the Waltop stylus is just like the S-Pen from Samsung.


After detached the stylus, it will straight away unlock the screen and launch an instant page from stylus. You can just swipe from left to right by using the stylus and simply draw the screen with your stylus.

The stylus will scroll automatically when it is hovering over the edge of scrollable view. It will also preview some information such as the icon name and more.

The dialer and messanging apps

The Asus Fonepad Note 6 is powered by 2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor with 2 GB of RAM. The device is able to handle some high graphic games but lagging is still present.


The phablet scores 20,113 on AnTuTu Benchmark and 7,130 on Quadrant Standard. Though it is not as good as the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 powered devices, but we feel not much different despite in gaming performance. Do note that the benchmark test is just some sort of guides but not for judging whether the device performance is good or not.

The Fonepad Note 6 has an 8 MP snapper at the back without LED flash. The camera UI is pretty simple but it comes with a host of modes and features such as taking burst shots up to 100 photos.

The camera UI and the gallery app

The camera focus speed is quite slow, you need to get around 1 to 2 seconds to focus the object. The Fonepad Note 6 is able to capture good amount of details in our outdoor samples, however the noise are present and lacks of contrast.

Outdoor camera samples

As for the indoor quality, the noise level are higher and we have faced some problems such as brown strip in the image.

Indoor camera samples

The Fonepad Note 6 did quite a great job in macro shoot and low-light capture. The macro shoot has a lot of details and the noise level is low. Though the noise are present in the low-light capture, but it still able to capture enought details.


The Fonepad Note 6 is able to record 1080p video at 30 fps. The video has a lot of details and the focus speed is fast enough, but the exposure react wrong some time and the audio input is bad.

The Fonepad Note 6 packs a 3,200 mAh battery. It also features three power saving modes in the power saving app.

Based on my usage, the phablet is able to last around 9 hours for heavy usage and 1 day for moderate usage. Note that my usage is different from your usage.

The Fonepad Note 6 is priced at RM 1,399 and it is only available in 16 GB version.

The Fonepad Note 6 is quite a good device, its Waltop stylus feature is nice and simple. If pricing is not a problem for you, we would recommend you the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which are currently available in Malaysia. Both devices are even better in performance and S-Pen functionality.

- Good display
- Clear dual front stereo speakers
- Comes with Waltop stylus

- Big and heavy
- Unimpressive camera
- Under power processor

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