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Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) Quick Review: Calling the Fonepad

The Asus Fonepad series is well-known as a tablet that comes with phone call functionality. The company has announced an affordable Fonepad 7 recently aim to rule the affordable tablet markets.

Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) official photo

- Dimensions: 131.2 x 65.3 x 7.9 mm
- Weight: 115 g
- Display: 7" WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixels) LED Backlight
- Processor: 1.2 GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z2520
- RAM: 1 GB
- Memory: 4 GB/8 GB, microSD card slot
- Camera: 2 MP Camera, 720p video recording, VGA front
- Battery: 15 Wh
- OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) main selling point is its narrow body that allows you to hold it with one hand comfortably.

Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) live photos and handling

The tablet back comes with some texture to provide enough grip for you to hold it. The speaker is located at the front and it also doubled up as an earpiece.

It sports a 7" LED Backlight display with WSVGA (1024 x 600) resolution. The display is not the brightest we've seen, which is quite disappointing for a tablet.

Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) display

The display is also pretty reflective, and we don't know why Asus hasn't improve it as this disadvantage is present since Fonepad 7.

Powering the tablet is an entry-level Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. Our unit is 4 GB version but, thankfully, it comes with MicroSD card slot.

Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) benchmark results

It scored 4,885 on Quadrant Standard and 15,182 on AnTuTu Benchmark. We found that its performance is acceptable as it is only powered by an entry-level chipset. 1 GB of RAM did help for multitasking but there are some hiccups, of course.

The Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) is the first Fonepad tablet to come with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and ZenUI on top.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

If you thought that the Intel Atom Z2520 processor will make the whole user experience bad, the Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) has proved you wrong. ZenUI is smooth and responsive, we have no issue on day to day usage, but if you loaded heavy apps, small stutter will happen.

Lockscreen | Homescreen | Apps drawer

The lockscreen has nice spotlight effect, which we already covered since the ZenFone 5 review. The user interface is flat, that's what most manufacturers did it now a day.

Notification area | Quick settings

We like the way how its notification area and quick settings look, the rounded toggles look nice. We just like the simplistic of ZenUI, but we hope that Asus could bring some additional themes for the ZenUI.

Final words
The Asus Fonepad (FE170CG) is priced at RM 429 for 8 GB variant, while the 4 GB variant has discontinued. Until now, we can't find any other same level tablets to beat it as we like the price, we like the user experience, and, it is just for those who need an affordable Android tablet.

- Low price tag
- Smooth interface
- Come with phone call functionality

- Unimpressive display
- Using a tablet to make a phone call is quite awkward

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