Are they tablets or phones? ASUS’ new business slates are equipped with SIM card slots so you can use them for phone calls, making them versatile business machines. The Fonepad 7 and Fonepad 8 also pack fast processors, sharp displays and ASUS’ new Android interface, dubbed Zen UI, which has a few new productivity-boosting features. Release date details haven’t yet been revealed, but more information is expected to be coming soon. In the meantime, here are three features that make the new Padfones good for business
With large 7- and 8-inch displays, the ASUS Fonepads fall squarely into the tablet category. But the slates feature dual SIM card slots, so you can use them to make calls just like a smartphone. A 7-inch tablet isn’t the best form factor to hold up your ear, but it could be a fair tradeoff for serious business users who really need the extra screen real estate afforded on such a large device, especially if you plan to use it as a secondary phone. And since both slates offer dual SIM card slots, you can have two active phone numbers on one smartphone, and switch between the two with the push of a button. That's a plus if you travel for business, since it means you can have both your regular number and a local or international number on the same device.
The Padfone 6 and Padfone 7 both run on Zen UI, a lightly skinned version of Android with fresh new functionality. That includes “Do it Later,” a feature that can be used to cobble together emails, messages, Web pages and documents into a dynamic to-do list; items can be added and removed from the list with one tap. The feature can help you manage you time and ensure you don’t forget about an important item on your reading list. Meanwhile, the “What’s Next” list scans your calendar notifications to provide a real-time look at your appointments, notes, missed calls and more.
Both the Padfone 7 and Padfone 8 offer fast performance thanks to their 64-bit Intel Aton processors. That means business users can expect extremely snappy performance for multitasking and everyday use. Other hardware highlights include a sharp 800 x 1280-pixel display on both tablets.