We previously heard reports of the upcoming Asus MeMOPad 7 with its specs and features leaking out. Now, over at the Computex 2014 ASUS chairman Jonney Shih has officially announced the device as well as a slightly larger one called the Asus MeMOPad 8 (ME581CL). Both devices are budget Android tablets featuring full HD IPS displays, Intel based processors, and run on Android 4.4 KitKat with the beautiful Zen UI running on top.
Asus MeMO Pad (ME176C)
We’ve already heard about this device previously and even reported about its specs. This model is an update to the previously released Asus MeMOPad HD 7 this time using an Intel Atom Z3560 quad-core processor instead of the Mediatek MT8125 quad-core processor.
This tablet uses a 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display that has a 170 degree viewing angle. Inside this device is an Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core, 64-bit Bay Trail processor with a clock speed of 1.8GHz. There’s 1GB of RAM and a choice of 8GB or 16GB of internal storage space.
There’s a 5MP rear facing camera to take photos and videos while the 2MP front facing camera is able to handle video calls. In terms of quality don’t expect to be blown away by the photos taken by this device.
Connectivity options includes microUSB port for charging and data transfer, 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for low power data sync.
The MeMO Pad ME176C has a rubber/plastic rear that allows users to have a firm grip of the deivce. It is quite a sturdy device and isn’t a fingerprint magnet. The camera is mounted on top center while the bottom part is occupied by a single speaker. The speaker itself does a decent job of providing sound when watching movies.
This device is going to be priced at $150 and will soon hit the market.
Asus MeMOPad 8 (ME581CL)
For consumers who think that a 7-inch tablet is just too small for them then Asus presents the MeMOPad 8 (ME581CL).This model has similar specs with the 7-inch version but comes with a larger 8-inch display. The other difference is that its back portion is made of a glossy material which provides a good aesthetic value but then is a fingerprint magnet.
The 8-inch display of this model ha a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. It uses an Intel Atom Z3580 2.3 GHz quad-core processor. One interesting feature of this device is that aside from supporting 802.11ac Wi-Fi it is also able to support 4G LTE mobile data. This makes it a great device to have for travelers who want several connectivity options.
The MeMOPad 8 is expected to sell for $180 and hit the market soon.
Asus also announced another 7-inch tablet called the MeMO Pad 7 ME170C which is similar to the ME176C but comes with slightly lower specs. This model has a lower resolution display of 1024 x 600 pixels and uses a 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2520 Clover Trail+ processor which is slower. Other features of this model include 1GB of RAM, a choice of 4GB or 8GB of internal storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 , GPS, 2MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, and a 3950mAh battery.