The Most Capable and Affordable Android Tablet-ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) Review

We have seen the love of people for Asus Zenfone series and even the three much-liked versions of Asus Fonepad 7. Recently, Asus launched the fourth version of Fonepad 7 and we are here with its review. With these four versions, we can simply say that the company is trying their hands on voice-calling tablets and this improved version of the last three versions features 3G and Dual-SIM.

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The market is high in demands for dual-SIM smartphones. Feeling little amazed that why we said “Smartphones”? It is because Fonepad 7 is a phablet-cum-tablet-cum-Smartphone. Isn’t it really astonishing? Yeah! Off course! This version is purely an attempt for manufacturing and launching an Android tablet in the market with a reasonable 8,999 INR price tag.

See Also: Asus ZenFone 4 Review

Though the specs list of Asus Fonepad 7 is not really impressive but still it focuses mainly on targeting the people looking out for voice-calling tablets with dual-SIM functionality and wants their tablet to work as a Smartphone too. You must read on only if you want to hold a Smartphone as big as a DVD case. LOL! This improved version completely replaces the version launched earlier this year in February.

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Design and Display

At first sight, this improved version of Asus Fonepad 7 looks quite similar to its previous versions featuring 7-inches display. It also has a number of similar features to the ASUS MeMO Android tablet, featured on But, turning around the device will leave you amazed because it back is quite different from being flimsy as well as doesn’t look cheap. This time company managed to get the perfect texture but few of its users did complain about the dirt on its white model which is obviously not a big deal off course.

Coming to its front, it features 7-inches display with a resolution of 600×1024 pixels and pixel density of 170ppi. It features front-camera along with the earpiece and speaker on the top. On the back, you can find the rear-camera with the ASUS logo. On its left, it features the slots for dual micro-SIM and microSD card. On its right, it features power button with volume rockers, which seems to be quite insignificant. Lastly, on top, you can find the slot for charging and audio equipment.

When it comes about the display of the improved version of Fonepad 7, its viewing angles are quite messy with jagged details which sometimes produce different colours while viewing from different angles but keeping the tablet under the right light gives the accurate colours with responsive display. This tablet is even equipped with a splendid app which helps the users in tweaking the right colour elements.

Software and Interface

Asus Fonepad 7 runs on Android 4.3 JellyBean and packs a dual-core processor which clocks at a speed of 1.2GHz. It features RAM of 1GB with internal storage of 4/8GB which is expandable up to 64GB. This improved version is loaded with mind-blowing Zen UI. With these specs, you can look out for other manufacturers and will get to know that none managed to even come close with the simplicity as well as consistent-design of all the Fonepad 7 versions. It is loaded with few useful as well as clean services which don’t really interfere all the time right on to the face of the users.

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With an impressive Zen UI, it has also managed to load amazing graphics with clean and beautiful widgets. It doesn’t really force the users to use the apps but all are pre-loaded including Splendid, AudioWizard, What’s Next, Do It Later and many more. Since its launch, it has received two software updates but none upgraded it to Android KitKat. It has got a clutter-free UI with perfectly-sized icons which look bright and impressive.

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Camera and Other Connectivity

Asus Fonepad 7 features 2 megapixels and VGA, rear and front low-res camera respectively. These are especially for those who often like to click their selfies and capturing the moments no matter what the quality. It is equipped with a web storage space of 5GB which is its own cloud platform along with 11GB for one year. This tablet works as a Smartphone too with its cellular connectivity including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options.

Performance and Battery Life

Though it sometimes gives a hiccup in its initial software but it doesn’t really gives any problems when in use. It works really smoothly as well as perfectly even while playing few high-end games. Without giving any lags, the apps open-close very quickly with an amazing web browsing experience.

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Without posing any major issues, it allows users playing videos with a decent audio performance. This android tablet supports dual-SIM feature with a loud and clear audio sound. It is packed with a 3,950mAh Li-Po battery which lasts long for around 11 hours and that is only because of the low-res screen with efficient internal specs.

See Also: Asus ZenFone 6 Review


With the launch of an improved version of Asus Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) this year, it has managed to attract many users and even it proved itself to be worth for their attention. With a reasonable price, it has managed to amaze people with its solid design and impressive features. It has got amazing battery life with much attractive front loud speakers and dual-SIM functionality. For keeping it a quite reasonable one, the two major sacrifices include the camera and display but still it is one of the most capable as well as affordable android tablet available in the market.