Asus has made a big announcement on the entrance of a new 7 inch Android tablet in the market – the Asus MeMO Pad. Asus is a big name in the Android market, especially when it comes to Tablets and in particular with the immense success of the 7 inch tablet they partnered with Google to make the Nexus 7 and the success of Asus Transformer Pad, Infinity and Prime tablets. This 7 inch tablet, unlike the previous tablets, targets those users who want high performance tablets but are on low budget. TheMeMO pad, expected to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and featuring full support for the Android eco-system and Google Play, appears to be designed to take on cheap tablets by Amazon head on.
The Asus MeMO Pad will come with a 1GHz VIA VM8950 processor supplemented by Mali-400 graphics. If you are familiar with the developments in the smartphone market you will know that this is one of the most reliable chips initially powering high end smartphones. The processor is a high performance chip though a single core but the RAM of 1GB should more than be sufficient for a tablet for average users. The tablet also features Wi-Fi, a 1 megapixels front camera with a 720p high definition capture capability, micro-USB port and a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixels resolution. ASUS says that the tablet has a battery capable of providing up to 7 hours of continuous use.
For a price of less than $150, these specs will probably make the MeMO Pad one of the best tablets for new Android users and especially students. Despite the low end screen resolution, the single-core
processor and a choice of 8GB and 16GB processor, the tablet has very expensive components systems and how ASUS managed to keep the production costs so low is a mystery considering that there are companies that release devices with slightly better specs but at double the prices.
The SUS MeMO pad is nothing close to Nexus 7 when it comes to specifications and processing power, and ASUS admits this by labeling the tablet an “excellent performance per watt tablet” that “provides smooth and fluid user experience at a very low price” and “not winning on benchmarks”.
The tablet is expected to enter the market sometime in April this year starting with the US at a price of just $149. The actual launch date is not available as of yet, but we should see something within the next month or two.
Tablet: ASUS MeMO Pad ME172V
Processor: 1GHz VIA WM8950CPU with Mali-400 GPU
Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box
Display: 7” 1024 x 600 screen with 350cd brightness and 140 degree viewing angle
Storage: 1GB RAM, choice of 8 or 16GB Internal memory with microSD card slot
Cameras: 1 megapixel front camera with 720p video recording capability.
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, micro-USB, Bluetooth
Build: 7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44 inches (196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm), 13.1oz (370g)
Battery: up to 7 hours performance