Wednesday, 18 February 2015



#ASUS #Fonepad7FE375CL #AndroidTablet #Fonepad7ME372CL #Android

Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! I hope that you are well and that you’re making the most of your tech!

If you ever wanted an Android tablet I think that 2015 is the best year to get one! Forget what the analysts are saying about tablets on the decline; you will find that it is mainly the iPad in decline. The technology savvy Android consumer has been biding his / her time for a juicy 64-bit tablet! Read on!

The ASUS Fonepad 7 4G LTE ME372CL is what I used to replace a damaged beyond repair Motorola RAZRi handset. As this hybrid tablet and phone goes I am quite happy with the performance but not so happy to learn that I was not able to use the data part of a standard SIM; either I can make calls or just access the Internet with a specific tablet SIM. Boo! What a load of bullsquirt!

Anyway, ASUS has launched the sequel to the Fonepad 7 4G LTE... The 2015 version is a fantastic reworking of the design; the bezels are slimmer, the front-facing speakers appear like razor blades and the quality of the build looks better. The innards are looking good what with a 64-bit Intel Atom CPU running at 1.3GHz, 2GB RAM and 8 / 16 internal storage. Here are the specs in more detail:-

Intel Atom Z3530 chipset with 1.3 GHz quad-core CPU and PowerVR Series 6 – G6430 GPU


Android 5, Lollipop

7" 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display with 10 finger multi-touch support and anti-fingerprint coating

4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, and Micro-USB

2GB of RAM
8 / 16 GB of internal memory
Expansion: microSD card

2MP front

3,950 mAh

Available in Black and White

It could very well be that the Fonepad 7 FE375CL LTE will feature dual SIM slots. The launch as been for the Taiwanese market and there is no news at the time of writing about the global market. $250 works out to £162 in currency exchange but it could very well be that ASUS will charge something like £199 which is still a good deal.

I have to say that the Fonepad 7 LTE 2015 (FE375CL) does look tempting. And this is what I love about the Android side of mobile devices: I can easily replace the ME372CL model. It is not so easy with the iPad. Okay, fair enough, the iPad is in a different league... ...I appreciate that. However, looking at the Apple App Store I can’t say that I am looking with envy!

The Fonepad 7 LTE 2015 has potential to do well.

I think ASUS are off to a good start with its 64-bit Android devices this year. The Fonepad 7 LTE 2015 will run Lollipop out of the box which is another bonus – especially for Android fanatics! So many new Android devices come with KitKat on it with a promise of a future upgrade to Lollipop. No! We want the latest from the start!

I am quite sure that ASUS will release the Fonepad 7 LTE 2015 globally as it gives the consumer a cost effective tablet and phone – if you like phablet devices! I do like the idea of a 7” phablet! It’s just a shame about the SIM situation in that you can’t use the data portion of it. As I’ve pointed out before, the best solution is to have a portable Wi-Fi (Mi-Fi) as and when the data is needed. Or alternatively if you have another handset as the main driver you could set it up as a Wi-Fi hotspot bearing in mind that some networks do not allow this. I believe that there are some apps that will allow you to bypass the network restrictions regarding data sharing.

I would like ASUS to produce a high-end Android tablet as it has great experience in tablet manufacture. ASUS have been making great efforts and it’s paying off!


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