Difference between Asus FonePad and Samsung Galaxy S3

Key Difference: Asus has announced the launch of newest phablet, the Asus Fonepad. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android tablet that allows users to also make phone calls by placing the device on their ear. The phablet sports a 7-inch IPS LED backlit touch screen that allowed multitouch capability for up to 10 people. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which provides approximately 216 ppi density, a decent enough resolution. The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4.

Asus has announced the launch of newest phablet, the Asus Fonepad. The company states that the purpose of launching this phone is to bridge the gap between the phone and the tablet, eliminating the need for the carrying to separate devices. The Asus Fonepad is practically a tablet that has phone call making capabilities. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android tablet that allows users to also make phone calls by placing the device on their ear. Some people may find it silly to place such a huge device on their ear to make calls; for those people the tablet does allow connectivity with a Bluetooth device.

The Asus Fonepad has borrowed a bunch of features from the Nexus 7, which was also created under Google and Asus collaboration. The weight, dimension and the display are all similar to the Nexus 7; however, the company has replaced the back. The plastic-leather back of the Nexus 7 has been replaced with a slick, steel casing. The device is available in titanium gray and champagne gold colors. The phablet sports a 7-inch IPS LED backlit touch screen that allowed multitouch capability for up to 10 people. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which provides approximately 216 ppi density, a decent enough resolution. Under the hood, the phablet runs on 1.2 GHz single-core Intel Atom processor, making it pretty fast for multi-tasking, along with playing some high-res games. The device has 1 GB RAM.

There will be two versions of the tablet, one for Europe, the other for Asia. The launch regarding rest of the World has yet to be revealed. The European variant will have 16 GB internal storage capacity, with no rear camera. However, the Asian variant will 8 GB internal storage capacity and will house a 3.2 MP rear camera. Both the variants will house 1.2 MP front camera for video conferencing. The phablet will not support 4G capabilities. The phablet will be available with preloaded Android v4.1 Jelly Bean, with no announcements yet regarding if it is upgradeable to the newest version. The internal storage capacity can expanded up to 32 GB using a MicroSD. One of the most prominent features of the phablet is the massive battery that has been mounted on the device. The non-removable Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery allows the phone to support 32.5 hours of talktime on 3G and 751 hours of standby time. There is no proper release date for the phone, with the expected release to be around April or May 2013.

Samsung Group is a South Korean chaebol, the largest in South Korea. A chaebol is basically a conglomerate. Samsung Electronics has become one of the key competitors in the smartphone market due to innovative technologies. The group has launched popular phones such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II.

The Galaxy S3 is a slate-format multi-touch smartphone that was launched in May 2012. It is the successor of Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S but abandons the rectangular design of the predecessors and opts for more rounded corners making it resemble the Galaxy Nexus. The S3 sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED screen with corning gorilla glass 2. It is offered with Android v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and can be upgraded to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). The Galaxy S III has a polycarbonate plastic chassis and is available in a variety of different colors. The S3 supports a 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor, Mali-400MP GPU and 1 GB RAM. The S3 is available with 16 or 32 GB internal storage capacity, which can be expanded up to an additional 64 GB.

The phone boasts an 8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with flash, zero shutter lag and BSI. It also supports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera that is capable of recording HD videos @30fps. When the phone was initially launched in May, the phone was considered to have been backed with innovative features and the TouchWiz "Nature UX" GUI was considered to be advanced. The GUI also included the “Water Lux” effect which can produce water ripples on contact. The phone also offered S Voice in response to Apple’s Siri, which enabled users to verbally control 20 functions on the phone. It was effectively considered as a iPhone killer. It also received additional publicity because of the ongoing patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Asus website, trustedreviews.com, pcworld.idg.com.au, Samsung website and GSMArena.com.

 

Asus Fonepad

Samsung S3

Launch Date

Expected April 2013

May 2012

Company

Asus

Samsung Electronics

Size

196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm

136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Display

7" LED Backlight WXGA IPS Panel touch screen

4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED

Screen

1280x800 (~216 ppi pixel density)

1280x720 pixels

Protection

N/A

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

340 g

133 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G Network

WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

(HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G Network

N/A

Depends on market availability.

GUI

Asus UI

TouchWiz "Nature UX"

CPU speed

1.2 GHz Single-core Intel Atom

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9

GPU

PowerVR SGX540

Mali-400MP

OS

Android OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradeable to 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Intel Atom Z2420

Exynos 4412 Quad

RAM

1 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

8/16 GB

16/32/64 GB (The 64GB model has been discontinued)

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

microSD up to 64 GB

Sensors

GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Connectivity

GSM, HSDPA, WCDMA, Bluetooth, USB, WLAN802.11

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® 4.0(LE), microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go, wireless charging.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB.

Speed

HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

WLAN802.11 b/g/n

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth V3.0

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR.

USB

microUSB v2.0

micro-USB 2.0; USB On-the-go.

Primary Camera

3.2 MP autofocus camera

8 megapixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI.

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP

1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

Video

720p

[email protected], zero shutter lag.

Camera Features

Autofocus

Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization. Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, HDR.

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; Asus Sonice Master audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 by Waves

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

Audio supported formats

MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player

Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X.

Video supported formats

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Video Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p).

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery (16 Wh)

2100 mAh battery

Talktime

3G: 32.5 hours

2G: 21 hours 40 minutes

3G: 11 hours 40 minutes

Standby Time

3G: 751 hours

2G: 590 hours

3G: 790 hours

Available Colors

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold

Pebble blue, Marble white, Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML, Adobe Flash

Radio

No

Stereo FM radio with RDS

GPS

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • SNS integration
  • 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
  • Asus Launcher
  • MyLibrary
  • File Manager  
  • Kindle 
  • Zinio   
  • SuperNote Lite           
  • App Backup   
  • App Locker
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Voice natural language, commands and dictation
  • Smart Stay eye tracking
  • Dropbox (50 GB storage)
  • TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: asus.com, samsung.com

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