ASUS FonePad 7 opens to pre-orders in the UK on Friday

Back in February, ASUS revealed the FonePad, a 7-inch tablet with smartphone functionality and a design similar to the Nexus 7 (which ASUS makes). If you've dreamt of the day you could merge your smartphone and tablet into a single too-big-for-the-hip-pocket device and you're located in the UK, you'll be able to grab this device on April 26 for £179.99.

Pre-orders for the FonePad (not to be confused with the PadFone) will begin this Friday, with the device hitting shelves in the United Kingdom a couple weeks later on April 26. The tablet/smartphone hybrid runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 framed in a body that weighs only 380 grams, a nice light weight for something this large.

Under the hood, users will find a single-core 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as 16GB of internal storage space and a microSD slot for expansion. There's 10-point touch support, as well as 3G and HSPA+ for the non-WiFi model. At some point we'll be seeing an 8GB model hitting shelves, too. You can check out our hands-on review of the slate here.

And as we're sure you noticed, the price is excellent, undercutting the newly announced Galaxy Note 8.0, which has a said price of $399 for the US. The ASUS FonePad 7, priced at £179.99, would be about $275 USD, a drop of more than $100 over Samsung's competing device, making a pretty good deal for those in the market.

[via Android Community]