Asus started showing off its first 7 inch smartphone with an Intel Moorefield processor in June. Now the company has launched the Asus Fonepad 7 FE7530CXG in China, where it will be available for purchase starting September 1st.
It’s not clear if this particular model will be available outside of China anytime soon — but it’s also not clear if there’s a huge demand for smartphones with tablet-sized screens outside of Asia… unless you count the growing number of 5.5 inch and 6 inch phones as nearly tablet-sized.
Asus has been offering Fonepad models for over a year. The idea is that instead of buying a smartphone and a tablet, you can just use a relatively inexpensive 7 inch tablet as your smartphone. If it’s too big to hold to your ear you can always use a wired or Bluetooth headset.
The new model features a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3530 quad-core 64-bit processor, which is one of the first Intel “Moorefield” chips available. It’s also the least powerful of Intel’s new quad-core smartphone chips, but it should still run circles around last year’s Clover Trail+ chips.
Asus has also shown off models with more powerful chips such as the 1.83 GHz Atom Z3560 processor. It’s not clear if or when those versions of the Fonepad 7 will launch.
The tablet has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, Android 4.4 KitKat software, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and up to 11.5 hours of battery life from a 15Whr battery.
It supports dual SIM cards and works with GSM and HSPA+ networks. The Fonepad 7 FE7530CXG also features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast wireless display support.