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Asus FonePad 7 (2014, FE170CG) unboxed, first look

Coming in exclusively today, the redesigned Asus FonePad 7 packs almost everything we loved about its predecessor, with a few downgrades in screen & camera resolutions and internal memory. But even with that said, Asus has aggressively priced the FonePad 7 FE170CG at a very affordable price point, without much compromising the experience – this is why a lot of eyes are set on the device.

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The packaging itself is really clean and simple. The device comes in only with the usual papers, the plastic and the charger set and you’ll be good to go. For the quick unboxing of the device, check out our video down below:

For an affordable tablet, the FonePad 7 doesn’t feel cheap at all. In fact, it feels a lot classier than most of its competitors and even those of the higher price range. It’s solidly built, and the materials used are well chosen.


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Powering on the device, we are greeted by Asus’ UI which looks really good; again, better than a lot of skins out there! The display isn’t exactly good to look at, but it’s tolerable from what we’ve seen so far. Also, we were greeted with a software update that you will need to download. We will update you more on all of that in the full review.

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Breezing through the UI, the camera software and through a few apps, the device is really snappy – something to expect of an Intel Inside device. We will be testing it further through benchmark tests, gaming and a battery test soon to see if it stacks up well to our standards. For the most part, we haven’t encountered any hiccups or lags, and that’s a good start for the new FonePad 7.

ASUS Fonepad 7 (FE170CG) specs:
7.0-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600) LCD, 170ppi
1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core CPU
4GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
2MP rear camera, f/2.8
0.3MP front-facing, f/2.8
dual-SIM (micro), dual-standby
HSPA+, 3G, 2G
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Android Jellybean 4.3 (upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat)
3,950mAh battery
192 x 110 x 10.7 mm

The new Asus FonePad 7 is currently priced at Php5,995 and is now available on retail in the country. Stay tuned for our full review coming up soon!

Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

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18 Responses

  1. lolwut says:

    Bob, how about the call quality and phone signal reception?

    • masamamang.oso says:

      Malakas ang signal ng FE170CG kasi may dead spot dito sa amin na kahit iyong Samsung, Huawei at CM Apollo hirap o madalas walang masagap na signal habang itong FE170CG naka 2 bars pa…

  2. Easy E says:

    Buy! Buy! Buy!

  3. asa says:

    San meron nito?!?!?

  4. abuzalzal says:

    You know, a device like this will really look good in my hands. Just like Cherry Mobiles Tabs and Fons, they look gorgeous when I’m the one using them devices. ‘Tsaka, ‘tang kabayo, ang mura. Bagay na bagay talaga sa postura ko. So, tell me. Where can I get one at ako’y agad bibili? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOL

    • masamamang.oso says:

      sa build quality at UI walang panama ang CM tablets dito sa FE170CG … bibili na nga ako ng CM Endeavor tapos na kita ko ito… mas maganda ang FE170CG kay sa ibang local rebranded tablets out there…

  5. siopawman says:

    please do a review of Asus Fonepad 7 ME372CG.

  6. Ryan says:

    Nakalock-in ko na sa phablet na toh. Will wait for the review. then go!

  7. Joshua says:

    Maganda sya pero wala akong makitang screen protector at cover nito dito sa Ilocos. I only bought this thru online.

    • meom says:

      how’s the viewing angle?
      portrait and landscape?

      thank you!

    • Joshua says:

      Ok naman po. Ung camera lang talaga ung ayaw ko.. But it’s ok for me kasi hindi naman talaga ako mahilig magtake ng pictures.

    • Rencer says:

      Kakabili ko lng ng sakin.. ok nmn ung device kaso ung sa viewing angle nya from top eh sobrang sama XD di ko sure kung defect un o ganun tlga..

  8. Naknang says:

    bakit sobrang mura, camera lang panira shet

    pero okay na rin

  9. VanLeyesa says:

    Wait ko nalang full review dito, then bibili na ko agad :)

  10. masamamang.oso says:

    Got my FE170CG (aka K012) 2 days ago from Silicon Valley… super sulit siya for the price walang panama ang Samsung Tab 3 7.0 dito sa FE170CG at ang tibay ng build quality di mumurahin, iyong black kunin iyo mas ASTIG parang same material gaya ng mga ASUS laptops ang ginamit di glossy… mas ok ako nito kay sa mga tablet na locally branded at maayos pa ang service centers nito kaysa iyong local brand na pasaway ang SC doon sa SM Annex….

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