Mobile World Congress drew some 72,000 people to Barcelona, Spain, to see the latest and greatest mobile devices. Take a closer look at five gadgets that stood out.
5 of 5
As the name implies, the Asus FonePad is a tablet that can make phone calls.
The Asus FonePad is an interesting animal, and one that may change how we think about tablets, phablets and smartphones. The FonePad is first a tablet. It has a 7-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels (the same as the Asus-made Nexus 7). Interestingly, the FonePad packs a 1.2-GHz Atom Z2420 Intel processor. The processor is paired with 1 GB of RAM and the FonePad has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU helping push the polygons. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a 3-megapxiel camera and will ship with HSPA+ cellular radios. As far as tablets go, it doesn't offer best-in-class specs -- but then again, not all tablets can make cellular phone calls. In fact, many of them cannot.
Asus is pitching the FonePad as a do-it-all device that combines all the benefits of a small tablet with the data powers and voice functionality of a smartphone. It is the biggest phablet in an increasingly crowded market, though perhaps it pushes the boundaries past the breaking point. The FonePad's other killer feature: Its price. The FonePad will cost just $249 to own outright, with no contract, and no wireless data fees. Can a device like this really succeed? Asus is betting on it.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 7, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program!