ASUS unveiled several new Android-powered smartphones at the Mobile World Congress yesterday. The company showed off the multi-coloured mid-range ZenFone series, a new seven-inch Fonepad phablet and the unique Padfone mini, a four-inch phone that docks into a seven-inch phablet to give people more screen space.

ASUS South Africa commented that the original Fonepad was a “huge success in South Africa”, and that “we want to continue to provide consumers with amazing experiences through our mobile innovations.”

The Fonepad 7 range sounds the most intriguing, with High Definition seven-inch IPS screens, LTE or 3G connectivity and full phone functionality; 3G versions will also support dual SIM cards.

The original Fonepad was very affordable, costing less than R3,000 when it first launched which cash-strapped South Africans took to like thirsty men to oases. If the new ones can do the same (R/$-willing), they should do just as well.

The press release that went out about the phones said the new line-up will be coming to South Africa “later in the year”, but there’s no word on when, exactly, that will be.

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