ASUS Unveils 7-Inch Tablet, New Padfone

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Mobile World Congress is in full swing this week and it seems that the mini-tablet product category is set to be flooded in the coming months.

ASUS today announced three new devices, a 7-inch tablet and a 5-inch phone that can be docked within a 10-inch tablet.

The 7-inch tablet, dubbed the Fonepad, features a 1280 x 800 resolution screen and an Intel Atom processor. It will come with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and has an SD card slot. The front camera is 1.2 MP and the "optional" rear camera is 3 MP.

The Fonepad, in general is similar to the iPad Mini and the just announced Galaxy Note 8 from Samsung. ASUS is pricing the device competitively compared to the iPad Mini, starting a €219 ($249).

The other devices (or device) is the latest dock-able smartphone and tablet in ASUS' PadFone lineup. The PadFone Infinity will be the successor to the PadFone 2, which was only just announced back in October 2012.

The Infinity's 5-inch smartphone will have a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage, and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Docking the device within the 10-inch "Infinity Station" will display the smartphone's contents stretched to fit the tablet. ASUS claims the device will get up to 19 hours of 3G talk time before needing to be recharged.

The Infinity will be quite expensive, as the MSRP is €999 ($1,325, converted, though ASUS hasn't stated a dollar price).