Asus with a hope to gain market share in the dual-sim phones category has launched the dual sim variant of Fonepad 7 in India priced at 12,999 INR. While an extra SIM card is not the only thing the only differentiating factor from its predecessor, build quality has been cut down and so has the processing power to ensure that it can be bought down to the targeted price range.

Model Fonepad 7
Display 7 Inch
Processor 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
OS Android 4.3
Cameras 5 MP rear 1.2MP front
Battery 3910 mAh
Price 12,999

While the look and feel of the tablet does resemble a bit to its predecessor, the new model feels bulky. To what extent will plastic build be a factor in deciding if to opt for this or not varies individually. With 11.35 mm thickness and weighing in 340 grams, the display has the same specifications and feels a lot similar in usage to its predecessor. The 7 inch IPS LCD display has really good viewing angles. The brightness and color production are pretty decent.

The primary camera with a 5 MP sensor can be used for 1080p as well as 720p video recording. Low light performance is mediocre and in day light details are good. On the other hand, the front 1.2 MP camera is somewhat manageable in producing selfies and assisting with good video quality while chatting. The internal storage is 8 GB and can be further extended to 64 GB using MicroSD support. The makers have also provided 16 GB of cloud storage for 1 year.

The 3910 mAh battery guarantees of giving 30 hours of talk time on paper. The 10 Hour video playback guarantee is a point to check on as it might be a thin rope to cling on to. The dual sim runs on Android 4.3 jelly bean and a kitkat update is more or less a guarantee and the timeframe for this to be on OTA is unknown.

The chipset is Intel Atom Z2520 and is supported by 1 GB RAM which indirectly says that it can be trusted to give a good gaming performance and glitch free usage. All the above said, dual sim is the only repeatable factor that makes this phone worth a shot, we need to wait and see as to how it is welcomed in the market.