Asus has been busy this morning, as it has announced several new tablets along with a series of computers at a press conference right before the start of the Computex 2013 trade show. Amongst the new hardware was the Fonepad Note, a very obvious challenger to Samsung’s popular Galaxy Note 2 smartphone/tablet hybrid.
It’s even bigger than the Note 2 though, and could preempt the release of the Galaxy Note 3, which may have a screen approaching six inches in size. That’s the number Asus has gone with for the Fonepad Note too, and it has equipped the 6 inch Super IPS+ display with a 1080p resolution.
Inside the device is an Intel processor, the dual-core Z2560 Atom chip with a clock speed of 1.6GHz, plus there is 2GB of RAM to power the Android operating system. Asus hasn’t confirmed which version of Google’s platform it will be, but we’re hoping for Android 4.2.
Like the Galaxy Note, the Fonepad Note comes with a stylus, ready to sketch or write on the big screen. Asus has also created several apps which take advantage of the stylus’ abilities, but didn’t elaborate on what these may do during the presentation. The device also has an 8 megapixel rear camera, plus a 1.2 megapixel forward facing cam, and has 3G HSPA+ connectivity.
Asus wasn’t very forthcoming with information regarding the Fonepad Note during the event, so we don’t know when it’s set to be released, or how much it will cost when it does eventually go on sale. Whether Asus can get it out before Samsung reveals the Galaxy Note 3 later this year could be crucial to its success.