Hands On with the Redesigned ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG Dual SIM

ASUS last week launched its newest phablet, the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG and we’re lucky enough to have our hands on this 7-inch tablet with 3G phone functionality. Check out below for our first impressions, photos and benchmark of the newest ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM phablet.



The ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG comes with the power adapter and micro USB cable together with the manual and warranty card. Out of the box, the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG captivates with its gorgeous design. It has a beautiful, black, glossy bezel and a front display with chiseled edges. The back is a textured hard plastic cover with curved edges. Overall, the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG has a solid, premium build quality and doesn’t look and feel cheap at all.



Compared to its predecessor, the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG has a lower screen resolution at 1024 x 600. The new ASUS Fonepad 7 does not also use an IPS display. Nonetheless, the ASUS Fonepad 7 provides brilliant display quality when viewing photos, watching videos and playing games. The ASUS Fonepad 7 has an anti-fingerprint coating but just after some minutes with the phablet, my fingerprints and smudges are all over the screen.



On top of the display are the 0.3 MP front camera and the speaker. The ASUS Fonepad 7 is powered by ASUS SonicMaster technology and produces a louder sound than other tablets. The placement of the speakers also provided a more direct sound and prevented me from accidentally covering the speakers when playing games or watching videos. What’s missing is the typical LED indicator.



On top of the phablet are the micro USB port and 3.5mm audio jack. The volume and power button can be found on the right side. On the left is the side compartment which houses the two micro SIM card slots and micro SD card slot. I had a hard time inserting the SIM card and I still have to use a stick to push and properly attach the micro SIM.



The ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG has a meager 4GB internal storage but can hold up to 64GB of micro SD storage. It also has an OTG support.


Compared to the previous Fonepad 7 Dual SIM phablet which has a 5MP rear camera (with 1080 video recording), the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG has an inferior 2MP rear camera with autofocus (and 720p video recording).  As expected, the rear camera produced poorer quality photos due to its lower resolution.

ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG sample photos:


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The ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG measures at 192x110x10.7mm (WxDxH) and weighs 290g. Although slimmer and 50g lighter than the first Fonepad 7 Dual SIM, the new ASUS Fonepad  7 phablet is still too big to hold comfortably with one hand. Texting also need to be done with both hands.

Other features that were cut were the E-compass and Proximity sensor. The new ASUS Fonepad 7 only retained the G-Sensor or accelerometer. On the other hand, the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG now supports Miracast. The new 7-inch phablet now also comes in colors Black, White, Red and Blue.

 Apps and Zen UI


Some of the ASUS ZenUI’s features. Do It Later, ShareLink, WebStorage, etc.

The ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG uses the ASUS ZenUI. On the Lock screen are the shortcuts to the Camera, Call and Messaging App.  Also displayed on the Lock screen  and (and also on the Home screen) is the What’s Next feature that lists down the schedules.



The ASUS Zen UI shows the Notifications as well as the Settings and Quick Settings when pulling down the notification bar.


SMS and Calls

The ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG uses an ASUS keyboard which features autocorrection, personal dictionary, etc.  The ASUS FonePad 7 has a pretty accurate voice command engine.

When making or taking calls, you can record, add notes, hold and mute conversation. Moreover, you can reject calls with preset messages.



The ASUS Fonepad 7’s camera features a number of filters and post processing effects, it also includes a Party Link feature that automatically shares photos to nearby devices. Sadly, the 2.0 MP camera is underwhelming.




Gaming and Multimedia


The ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG does not fully utilize its screen. Notice the black space on the bottom (for the navigation buttons)

As with other phablets, watching videos and playing games is more exciting on the bigger display of the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG. On the inside, the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG is powered by a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Dual Core processor with Intel Hyper Threading Technology. There are some obvious (but bearable) lags from time to time when playing graphic heavy games like Dead Trigger 2 but the ASUS Fonepad 7 performed surprisingly well on usual games such as Angry Birds (Star Wars 2), Temple Run 2, Plants vs Zombies 2, etc.

If you’re particular with benchmarks, the ASUS Fonepad 7 FE170CG recorded 15,191 on the Antutu Benchmark



ASUS posted on their site that the phablet lasted 10 hrs, looping 720p videos with brightness at 100 nits and external microphone, WLAN/3G On and Gmail logged in for email and updatesduring their test. I am still not able to fully test the battery usage of the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170CG but I managed to squeeze 4 hours (mobile data on, 70% brightness) with the remaining 15% battery on the phablet.


Aside from the non-IPS display and the underpowered camera, the ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM FE170C is a decent tablet for watching videos, playing games, browsing the web or reading ebooks and makes a good tablet for everyone in the family. In fact, the new ASUS Fonepad 7 Dual SIM is a steal for its price tag of Php 5,999.

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  • Rao

    Hi i bought Asus Fonepad K012 (FE170CG) it cant play video in any video player. i dont know why, please help me.

    • http://pinoyurbanblog.com Joey

      clear the cache/data on the app. also, an update has been made available already. please check. thanks!

  • Easy E

    Kahit sa VLC app? Nagka-crash ba? Aw.

  • Johnny

    Good phone good battery life best price haha:) mine works well

  • burn

    Does it really support USB OTG? I haven’t seen it in the specs from Asus?

    • http://pinoyurbanblog.com Joey

      yes, tried it to watch videos and play music :)

  • Francis

    non-removable ba ang battery nito?

    • http://pinoyurbanblog.com Joey

      yes. non-removable :)

  • http://www.yahoo.com Walter

    Can this tablet play 1080p(full hd) video??

    • Miko Barcelo

      I know it will play

  • http://www.facebook.com/dnisho Michael “bossing”

    saan pwede makabili nito?

    • http://pinoyurbanblog.com Joey

      Try nyo po Silicon Valley and MemoExpress

  • rj

    sir ung viewing angles nya ba ok? hndi ba cheap screen nya na kpag tinagilid eh namumuti na? mraming salamat sa pagsagot, im planning to buy next week :-)

    • http://pinoyurbanblog.com Joey

      Konti since di IPS pero ok naman sya in general. Try nyo sir sa stores. :)

    • Bembem

      Good luck satin. Buy din ako next week :)

  • Bembem

    Meron ba nito sa ASUS SM Marikina? Kamusta gaming nito, ndi laggers yung dead trigger in low settings?

    • masamamang.oso

      OO meron sa Silicon Valley marikina… same price din 5,995… tawag ka muna para sure

      SM City Marikina Branch
      Unit 125, SM City Marikina
      Marcos Highway, Brgy. Calumpang, Marikina
      Metro Manila, Philippines
      Phone Number

      (+63 2) 799-6220, (+63 2) 477-1895

  • masamamang.oso

    Just got mine yesterday… ASTIG siya kahit medyo na lalabuan ako sa screen reso (coming from Skyworth x7010)pero ok siya in general ang suave ng pitik ng UI… wala nga lang LED notification kaya nilagayn ko nalang ng NoLED app… ang problema ko nalang paano ito ma ROOT hmmmmm???

    • cybertrip_1983

      ask ko sir kung na root mo na yung fe170cg.

  • masamamang.oso

    may mga STORES na di alam ang FE170CG wala daw sila noon pero mayroon silang K012.., e iisa lang naman iyan hahahahaha

  • http://foyax.com rosy

    Please include 0.3 mpx front camera samples ?

  • dziellord

    Meron ba siyang glass protection like gorilla glass or dragontrail..?

  • bongyeah

    wala akong alam sa software…
    pano ba gumagana ung antutu???
    do you choose what devices you are comparing with???
    kasi if yes bakit dun sa mga phones nacompare???
    di ba dapat sa same price tablets or same size tablets???

  • yanniel

    i bought 1 last fri lng . Pero i tried to download facebook but the problem is i can not open ung facebook app.. Kaya inunstall ko uli then i try to install again but same problem pa rin. Ask ko lang kung gnun din ba experience niyo. and also about some gaming minsan ngspark ungscreen nia nia. Please answer naman..thank you so much..

    • lolwut

      Same issue sakin sa Facebook app. I think dahil yun sa incompatibility ng app sa Intel proc

      • Yanniel Carmen

        Gnun dn sayo. Anu kya pede gawn. Balak ko n ibenta kc wla nmn fb..ska pti ung storge nia kinakain ung memory khit my memorycard na 4gig na pro kunti p lng download ko 1.3 n lng..

    • ehl

      Lately lang nagkaproblema mula nung latest update ng Facebook app… Nung una ok naman =(

    • ehl

      Ok na po ulit Facebook app =) need muna I-update sa latest software =)

  • aquaboy75

    bagong bili ko lang asus k012 ko kahapon,napansin ko walang facebook n nakadownload, sinabihan ko sa pinagbilhan ko na idownload ang facebook, di naman nilagay, so kanina aq n mismo nagdownload sa play store, how sad di ko sya mabuksan:(
    di po b talaga pd facebook sa asus k012, pls help naman po

    • ehl

      Check the system update po =) ok na po ulit saken yung Facebook app =)

  • bari

    How to take screenshot

    • shamma

      just click power button and volume down – sabay

    • James Paul Sampedro

      There is a Asus customize settings in Settings. There is an option where you can hold recently apps button for a screenshot, or click volume down + power

    • http://google.com/+DanielEscasa Silverlokk

      Holding down the Task button (yung rightmost sa bottom) worked for me.

  • arvin

    may mga available accesories na ba ito?like mga cover baka kc hirap hanapan..anyone knows kc plan ko bumili…thanx

    • Gemil Cruz

      meron, sa asus outlets nakakabili.

  • http://google xtian de los santos

    available po ba screen protector nito?!san nakakabili?

  • John Aquino

    Hirap hanapan ng flip cover. San po mkkbili? Tarlac province p po ako kya mas prefer ko stores ng ngoofer ng shipment. Thanks PTB!

  • marshall

    Kabibili ko lang ng fe170 pero bakit hindi ako maka pagdownload ng mga games and app. Lalo na ung facebook… papano ba to kasi wala naman sa user guide nya?

  • bongyeah

    i got one yesterday…
    at first it was ok…
    inserted my sims..it worked…3g worked..
    sd card is good…
    i installed less than 900mb…
    including update of google play to make use of PVZ2…
    my kid played some of the games we installed…
    i tried an online game…
    it did well…
    i got the unit fully charge…and slept…
    this morning with 95% of the battery,i clicked the apps widget…
    didnt work…waited…aint workin…
    so i thought i should just turn the unit off…
    when i was about to open it…it doesnt open…
    no any…
    F@#$%^&*, i got a bad unit…

  • Ann

    Hello… Which is better and latest, asus K012 or asus k00z? Thanks in advance po…

  • Immanuel

    Hi potential buyers.

    Get one IF you’ll use this for work. Not the type for taking pictures!

  • coves84

    Anyone know how to root this one ? Had it for a week mostly got it for Navigation Gps. works perfectly.

  • jClique

    Asus Fonepad 7 fe170cg 360 rotating stand case and cover for only 450php

    We also have package with screen protector and free pluggy stylus for only 550php

    Available in Green and Black
    Soon to be available colors
    Deep blue, Light Blue, Pink Rose.

    Viber or sms us @ 09175181710 for more info

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  • eric

    just bought an asus fonepad 7 fe 170cg. the user manual said the unit needs 8hrs initial charging but must be disconnected afterwards for it is not designed for auto disconnect. now im concerned with how long does it take to normally charge afterwards.

  • bongyeah


    • http://google.com/+DanielEscasa Silverlokk

      Depende sa app. I found I couldn't move <strong>any</strong> of ASUS's bloatware onto the SD card, but <strong>could</strong> move some of the other apps I downloaded. E.g., Evernote, gReader (RSS newsfeed reader), Instagram, Viber, even Google's Inbox app.

      Medyo kulang yung 4GB internatl "ROM" nya kung mahilig kang mag-install ng maraming app. For that reason, I decided to forgo the official Facebook app — na bulok anyway :) — Twitter, and some others.

      I'm satisfied with the phone/tablet except for that.

      My next upgrade will likely be the Fonepad 8 with at least 16GB of "ROM".

  • jay

    wag nyo nlng po muna update yung mga apps na di nmn importante para po di agad mapuno yung internal memory nyo kung nag auto update po lhat punta po kyo sa settings ng play store tapos never update apps tpos punta po kyo sa apps nyo uninstall nyo po ung mga nagupdate na apps na di nmn importante, w8 ko po ung root procedure para mauninstall ko ung mga di nmn kailangan n built in apps

  • http://tourmyday.blogspot.com/ LarryJersey

    sus FONEPAD 7 my problema ang FB kapag using a smart promo like unli FB hindi maka pasok sa FB. pero pag wifi okay naman ang FB how come? any idea guys pls emmail me or comment here

  • Mikee santos

    I'm base I'm Malate

    What's the best shop to get this
    And san pwede bumile accessories
    Like screen protector, TPI case, etc
    Want to buy now. As in today or tomorrow

  • rahul

    I too got asus today and finding a problem that battery is heating, while using, do you guys found the same

    • cherry

      same experience with my tablet…hnd nman mainit ung likod pag ng charge pero pg gnagmit o ng games pkirarmdm qo puputok na

    • jovy

      ou… actually kabibili ko lang. tas twice ko na pinapalitan sa pinagbilan ko

  • Miko Barcelo

    Sayang may panira 4gb internal storage lang siya. Pero ayos na to

  • Jovelyn Intes

    Pwede ba Smart LTE Micro Sim ang gamitin ditu sa Asus Fonepad 7 K012? Wala pa kasi sim ang asus ko. Thanks po sa mag rereply.

  • Phil Alex

    How can we remove sim from asus fonepad 7 fe170cg???

    • http://google.com/+DanielEscasa Silverlokk

      Press down on it, and it'll pop up a bit. Konti lang nga yung lawit nya, may need tweezers to fully remove it.


    WHAT ABOUT otg ??

  • jimpyerno

    Has anyone rooted this device???
    Tinanggal ko na lahat ng updates…
    Instlled summoners pvz2 and 2 other games with less than 100mb each…
    Have 8gig sd crd in it…
    Tried mive to sd function to all apps that can be moved…
    Tried install another game and it says, insufficient memory…
    Looked at my storage it says 1+gig used in sd card meanin still have 6+gig remaining…
    Apps shpuld be saved to sd card as i chose it…
    Hayz wala…wla na kong mainstall…
    Para san pa ung move to sd kung katiting lang mamomove…
    Hayz badtrip…
    Wala talagang matinong murangtablet..

  • seth

    may nakapag root na po ba ng fonepad7?

    • kimchi

      I actually figured out how to root it, very easy. :)

      • Marc

        How to root? Mine is already KitKat. Can post the steps? Some post mention to downgrade kitkat to jellybean then apply root then do OTA update/download kitkat update from asus.

  • alena

    I just bought it now can u pls teach on how to take screenshot on this fonepad ko12