Going against the grain this year, ASUS waited until after CES came to an end to unveil their latest 7″ device. Dubbed the “MeMO” pad, the tablet is entering right in the affordable, mid-sized tablet niche with it’s appropriate $150 price tag.
While the spec highlights won’t wow your socks off, they do include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 1GHz processor, Mali-400 graphics, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. A 16GB option will also be available, while both versions feature additional storage via microSD. ASUS was able to keep the price tag low by keeping the display resolution down to 1024×600 and passing on a rear camera.
Don’t expect the MeMO to compare to the Nexus 7, but if you’re looking to keep costs low for a 7-inch slate, then this may be a viable option to look into come April. The full press release awaits readers below.
ASUS Launches the MeMO Pad™
The new MeMO Pad™ is designed to go wherever you go.
Fremont, CA (January 13, 2013) – ASUS is excited to introduce the MeMO Pad™, a stylish and capable 7-inch Android tablet designed for mobile consumers looking for a high-quality yet remarkably affordable tablet. With a starting MSRP of $149 (US), the ASUS MeMO Pad™ features Android™ 4.1 and offers full support for Google Play so you can choose from over 750,000 apps and games, browse the world’s largest eBookstore, search millions of songs, watch thousands of the latest and greatest movies and TV shows, and even flip through your favorite magazines*. Available in three colors – Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink – MeMO Pad™ sports an elegant, non-slip diamond-patterned finish in a thin and lightweight design.
Created for both work and play
ASUS MeMO Pad™ runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a Mali-400 GPU for a smooth and fluid entertainment experience. It features a 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 140-degree wide viewing angles, and its 350-nit brightness means images remain clear, even outdoors. MeMO Pad™ also features ASUS SonicMaster audio and MaxxAudio for high-quality sound.
ASUS MeMO Pad™ offers up to 16GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. A suite of ASUS applications are also pre-installed, including SuperNote Lite, BuddyBuzz, ASUS WebStorage with 5GB of online storage space, ASUS Studio and WebStorage Office for enhanced productivity.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS MeMO Pad will be available starting this January in selected markets from authorized ASUS resellers. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information. The ASUS MeMO Pad™ is a tablet-only product and does not come with a dock like the award winning ASUS Transformer Pad™ series.
CPU / GPU
VIA WM8950 (1GHz) / Mali-400
Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean
7-inch (1024 x 600, 170PPI) LED-backlit
140-degree wide viewing angle
1MP back-illuminated sensor, f/2.0, with 720p HD video capture at 30fps
8GB or 16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
5GB free ASUS WebStorage
Pre-installed ASUS applications
ASUS WebStorage Online Office
7 hours (16Wh Li-polymer, 4270mAh)*
Sugar White/Titanium Gray/Cherry Pink
196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm – 7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44″
370g – 13.1oz
*Specifications may vary without prior notice. Options, pricing and availability dependent upon region. Google Play services vary from country to country. Please confirm exact services for each specific region. Check usa.asus.com for further details.