We've known about the ASUS MeMO Pad for a while now. It's a budget tablet from ASUS that has been specifically designed to undercut the Nexus 7. For less fortunate folks who aren't willing to shell out an extra $50 for Google's tablet (also by ASUS), there's the MeMo Pad.
For a while, everyone thought that this tablet signaled an upcoming $99 version of the Nexus 7, and wouldn't that be something. Instead, ASUS gave us the MeMO Pad, for $149.
The MeMO has a decent list of specs, albeit nowhere in the vicinity of the Nexus 7's prowess. For starters, the brilliant display on the Nexus 7 is, without a doubt, of superior quality than the MeMO's. Still, the appeal of another modest, yet affordable tablet from ASUS is certainly there. The device has yet to launch in most countries, including the US, but many folks in Romania have apparently gotten their paws on one. Rightfully so, they've uploaded demo videos and hands on impressions with the new tablet for our viewing pleasure.
Before we get to the hands on video, let's take another quick look at the MeMO Pad's specs:
- 7" capacitive display
- 1024×600 maximum resolution
- 1GB of installed RAM
- 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor (single-core)
- Mali-400 GPU
- 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, with MicroSD expansion slot
- Bundled with 5GB ASUS WebStorage space (cloud storage)
- 1MP front facing webcam
- 4270mAh battery
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Great, now that you've had a proper refresh we can move on to the good stuff!
As you can see from the demonstration, the tablet is responsive and quick. Even more noticeable is the fact that the MeMO Pad looks almost identical to the Nexus 7 in terms of design. When the tablet is flipped over there's an extremely familiar textured back design. According to those who have handled the device already, the plastic exterior of the MeMO Pad is tougher and feels slightly more resilient. At this time, I cannot confirm this observation considering I've never used one.
For a minimum price tag of $149, the display is not too shabby, although you can tell just by looking at it that the image is not quite as bright and vibrant as it is on the Nexus 7. Furthermore, the Nexus 7 has a 1280×800 display resolution while the MeMO Pad's is significantly lower.
The price point may be a little too high, especially when you consider that the superior Nexus 7 can be had for just $50 more. It's tough to forecast whether or not ASUS will actually move the MeMO. Maybe with a price cut of some kind, consumers will give it a try. At this point in time, however, I'd say that there's almost no point in picking up a MeMO at $149. That is, of course, provided you're not looking for a robust and optimally equipped tablet. If you don't genuinely care about the tech specs, then the MeMO Pad might be a good deal.
Unfortunately, there's no further news on a release date for the States, or anywhere else for that matter, but at least we know the price range. We'll be sure to let you know as soon as the release date is announced.
In the meantime, how many of you are going to bite on this? Who is going to shoot for the Nexus 7 instead, at just $50 more?