ASUS fonepad 7 LTE tablet

    Over the past few years, tablets have firmly entered our lives. The most compact and widespread tablets on Android have a 7 "screen. There are many such tablets, and it is difficult to surprise with something new in this format. Therefore, ASUS in its new model fonepad 7 LTE (ME372CL) simply combined all the best that happens in a seven-inch tablets, and added something else.



    The main features of this model are stereo speakers on the front panel and LTE support. There is a similar model without LTE: fonepad 7 (ME372CG) .

    Specifications


    Operating System: Android 4.3;
    Processor: Intel Atom Z2560 (1.6 GHz, 2 cores, HyperThreading);
    Video Accelerator: PowerVR SGX544MP2;
    Memory: 1 GB RAM, 16 GB flash;
    Screen: 7 ", 1280х800, IPS, capacitive MultiTouch, oleophobic coating ;
    Communication: GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G / WCDMA / DC-HSPA + (850/900/2100 MHz), 4G / LTE (800/900/1800/2600 MHz), Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast;
    Camera: main 5 MP without flash, front: 1.2 MP;
    Optional: GPS / AGPS / GLONASS , G-sensor, compass, hall sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, stereo speakers on the front panel;
    Interfaces:Micro USB with OTG support, 3.5 mm audio jack (headphones + microphone), MicroSD, MicroSim;
    Battery: Li-polymer 15 Wh (4000 mAh);
    Dimensions and weight: 198x120x10.5 mm, 333 gr.

    Design and scope of delivery


    The box contains a tablet, power adapter (5.2 V, 1.35 A), USB-MicoUSB cable, instructions.



    The screen glass has an oleophobic coating that impedes the appearance of fingerprints. Along the edges of the screen are two stereo speakers. ASUS FonePad 7 is one of the few tablets that allows you to listen to music and watch videos with full stereo sound without connecting headphones. Above (for portrait orientation of the tablet) is the front camera, proximity and light sensors.

    The MicroUSB connector is on the left at the bottom. There is also a microphone hole.



    An audio jack is located on the upper end.



    On the left side is a MicroSIM slot, on the right is a MicroSD slot, power and volume buttons.



    On the back side is the main camera, protruding 1.2 mm (taking into account the camera, the thickness of the tablet is almost 12 mm). The case is glossy and gets dirty very quickly.



    Software


    The smartphone uses Android 4.3 with a standard launcher.



    To the three regular on-screen control buttons, one more is added on the left. It opens a quick launch menu where you can add any programs and run them without going to the main screen.



    To open the notification panel, just “pull” it from top to bottom. The panel is narrow, not across the entire width of the screen in any orientation. It contains control buttons, a brightness adjustment engine, additional buttons for controlling Wi-Fi, sound and a wireless display, as well as a button for invoking the settings menu.





    The system has an equalizer with presets, called from the notification panel.



    There are also several power saving modes.



    On the main screen are two groups of programs ASUS and Google.



    All installed programs.



    Settings menu.



    The "for developers" section provides many options.




    Connecting to a computer is only possible in MTP mode.



    Iron, performance


    The AnTuTu 4.3.3 test gives the tablet 19324 points and draws the following conclusions: “The processor is good, supports large applications and multitasking; RAM is good; 2D graphics are excellent; The 3D graphics are excellent, they support the smooth operation of resource-intensive games. ”



    Hardware Report.




    Tablet memory (16 GB) is used simultaneously for system purposes, for installing applications and as a data warehouse. Available to the user about 11 GB.

    The tablet has a high-quality high-resolution IPS screen, 1280x800 pixels. The viewing angles are excellent, the maximum brightness is not very high, but in the room it is quite enough. The touchscreen works perfectly. The sound quality of stereo speakers is quite decent for such dimensions, but the sound is not very loud.

    I checked the tablet with a Beeline SIM card. 4G works, high speeds.



    The tablet can be used as a phone. The sound quality during the conversation is quite decent.

    Camera


    Both tablet cameras are not bad, although, of course, they should not be compared in quality with the cameras of top smartphones.

    The choice of shooting mode.



    This shot was taken from the balcony in sunny weather (clicking on this and all subsequent pictures opens the originals). Indoor shooting. A4 text in good light. Front-camera.















    Battery


    In standby mode, the tablet consumes 5% of the charge per day with Wi-Fi and LTE turned on and less than one percent in airplane mode.
    When watching a movie at maximum brightness, maximum sound level and in the airplane mode, the tablet worked for a little more than 9 hours. Full charge time - 3 hours 40 minutes. The tablet is charged with a current of 1.15 A.



    Conclusion


    ASUS FonePad 7 LTE is perhaps an almost perfect seven-inch tablet. Nimble, with an excellent screen, with stereo speakers on the front panel, microSD and SIM card slots, a good camera. So far, the tablet has not appeared on sale in Russia. His twin brother ASUS FonePad 7 without LTE support costs from 8500 rubles. The recommended price of the model presented in this review is 9990 rubles.

    In conclusion, briefly recall the advantages and disadvantages of the tablet ASUS FonePad 7 LTE.

    Pros.

    • Fast processor;
    • Great screen;
    • Long battery life;
    • LTE, 3G, GPS / GLONASS, Bluetooth;
    • Stereo speakers on the front panel;
    • A decent camera;
    • Slot for microSD;
    • Ability to use the tablet as a phone;

    Minuses.

    • Not very successful full-time keyboard;
    • Erroneous operations of changing the screen orientation when using the tablet while lying in bed;
    • There is no USB drive mode;
    • The screen brightness is not enough for outdoor use.

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