Trying to beat Apple at its own game is not exactly the smartest strategy, especially when it comes to Cupertino’s extremely popular iPads. Asus has learned that the hard way over the past couple of years, with the company’s high-end Transformer Pads unable to gain traction due to their extravagant price points and, of course, the iPad competition.
But Asus has now turned the page and it’s trying to compete against Apple by having the pricing edge. The Nexus 7 has already proven a big hit due to its exceptional quality-price ratio, while the MeMo Pad line is slowly, but steadily gaining market share.
And the next MeMo Pad family member could well be accelerating the line’s growing popularity, if we are to trust the latest rumor around the block. According to the usually reliable folks over at TechBlog.gr, the second-gen MeMo Pad Smart 10 (model number ME302KL) will basically be a slightly cheaper version of the stunning Transformer Pad Infinity, sans the optional keyboard dock.
TechBlog has what it claims to be a legit full spec sheet of the future tab and here it is in all its splendor:
- 10.1-inch Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution display
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- Android 4.x Jelly Bean
- Optional 4G LTE connectivity
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
- Secondary 1.2 MP cam
- 16 GB of on-board storage
- MicroSD support
- Wi-Fi n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB
- 5,050 mAh battery
- 266 x 181.7 x 9.9 mm dimension
- 579 grams
Okay, so this is no Sony Xperia Tablet Z. And it’s definitely not an iPad killer. But it’s pretty obvious the little compromises made by Asus here and there in the hardware department are all for the noble purpose of keeping the price low.
Compared with the first-gen MeMo Pad Smart 10, this fellow clearly steps things up a few notches, with a Full HD screen, a much zippier processor, a crazy 13 MP camera and LTE speeds. The design is likely to be the same, given the dimensions are more or less identical, but what I’m personally concerned about the most is the battery.
5,050 mAh for a tab with a 1080p display and S4 Pro CPU? That doesn’t sound so hot. For comparison, Sony’s Tab Z packs a 6,000 mAh ticker and at the same time measures a record-breaking 6.9 mm in thickness.
Oh, well, I’m sure if Asus prices the next MeMo Pad Smart 10 at, say, $350 in its “entry-level” config, most of you couldn’t care less of how the battery is… smallish. Am I right or am I right?