Android tablets still have a long way to go before they can hope to topple the almighty iPad but, in the last year or so, they've certainly gained in popularity. This growth is more than likely down to the fact that Android tablets have been getting cheaper and cheaper, well at least for those of the 7-inch persuasion but, what of the 10-inch variety? The Nexus 10 is pretty good value for what you get but it's quite pricey for a lot of us, and if you're wanting a quality 10-inch Android tablet then your only other option is perhaps a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Not for much longer though, as ASUS' latest entry into the Android tablet game is finally official.
ASUS is a name that's often heard throughout Android news as delivering quality devices that come with premium specs and premium hardware, with the Eee Pad Transformer line they showed that Android can be a truly productive platform with the right tools. They're also the company behind the Nexus 7 as well, proving that not only can they create great Android tablets, but also deliver them at affordable costs.
The ASUS MeMo Pad Smart is something we've been hearing a lot about over the last couple of weeks and now it's finally official. ASUS are positioning this as a more affordable type of tablet so, while the specs won't blow you away they'll certainly keep up the pace, for now. Take a look at the key specs below:
- 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 Display
- 1.2 Ghz Quad-Core Tegra 3
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of storage, with room for an SD Card
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera with a 5 MP camera around back
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 9mm thick
So, the specs aren't perhaps anything to write home about, and it does look like ASUS are looking to offload stock of the Tegra 3 than anything else but, for everyday use there are worse tablets out there. The device was announced at the Thai Mobile Expo in Thailand and it's expected that ASUS will be have more info on the device at Mobile World Congress. The MeMo Pad Smart will come in three colors; white, blue and pink. Pricing is around $360, but that's just a conversion from Thai Baht and pricing should be confirmed for global markets at MWC later this month.