ASUS’ MeMo Pad ME172V Now Available in the States; $150 for 16GB

April 9, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

If there’s one thing that ASUS are known for, it’s decent Android tablets. Back in the dark days of the Honeycomb period, the tablet to buy was either ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. ASUS have kept at it, and they’ve released some brilliant tablets since then, the Nexus 7 among them, whether or not this latest budget offering is going to be a success will more than likely come down to pricing and, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to win that battle with the Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

The MeMo Pad ME172V, despite having an awful name is another budget-minded offering from ASUS that should remind of you of the Nexus 7. If you’re unfamiliar with the tablet, then take a look at the specs below:

  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 IPS Display
  • 1 GHz VIA WM8950 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB of Storage, with microSD support
  • 1MP front-facing camera
  • 4,270 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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The above spec is now available at both Amazon and Gamestop for $150, and you can get your hands on it in a variety of colors; Gray, Pink and White. Now, that price doesn’t seem too fantastic in the face of the Nexus 7, and that’s probably down to ASUS actually wanting to make some money on this one. If you don’t want to spend the – small amount – extra on the Nexus 7, this could be worth considering but, the VIA CPU is probably going to hold you back quite a bit.

Now, there is an 8GB version of this tablet from ASUS which should be a little cheaper but, there’s no word on whether or not that version will make it across to the States. Honestly, the Nexus 7 is a much better bet at this price range but, you do get microSD support if that’s important to you and while they won’t be as good as Google, ASUS are pretty good at handing down updates.

[Source: Tech on Budget]