ASUS hasn't been too big into the tablet game thus far, as long as you don't include the Nexus 7 tablets of course. This very reason is behind ASUS stepping up their game and releasing some alternative ASUS-branded tablets in their MeMo Pad and FonePad lineup. We got a glimpse at ASUS' new strategy for both phones and tablets just a week ago, and that strategy included today's leaked devices. The ASUS FonePad HD 7, MeMo Pad HD 8 and MeMo Pad HD 10 have made an appearance over at Notebook Italia, and the kind folks at Android Community were kind enough to translate the information for us non-Italian speakers to feast on.
Starting off with the proper tablet devices, the MeMo Pad HD 8 will be packing an 8-inch 1280 x 800 screen. While this is technically slightly above 720p, an 8-inch device sporting such a resolution only has 188 pixels-per-inch, which yields a slightly fuzzy looking display. The MeMo Pad HD 10 features the same 1280 x 800 resolution but on a 10-inch screen, giving it an even lower 150 pixels-per-inch. Both displays are pretty disappointing considering that ASUS manufacturers the incredibly high-resolution 7-inch Nexus 7, which has a 323 pixels-per-inch 1920 x 1200 screen.
Aside from the screen quality, the rest of the spec list is fairly decent. Both tablets are scheduled to ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which should breeze along quite nicely on those screens. Unfortunately details for the MeMo Pad HD 8 end here, as the source is a little light on details for that device. The MeMo Pad HD 10, however, comes with much more info in tow, including the following specs:
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera
- 2MP rear-facing camera
- 9 hour battery life
These specs pretty much scream mid-range tablet, and given that the Nexus 7 is only $230 for the 16GB model, we would hope that either of these MeMo Pad devices will be cheaper than that one, regardless of the difference in screen size.
ASUS phone/tablet FonePad HD 7 is probably the more interesting of today's leaked devices. Unlike ASUS' PadFone, which is a smaller phone that docks into a larger tablet, the FonePad HD 7 is a 7-inch tablet that doubles as a phone, and includes all the necessary functionality too. We've got the full low-down on the spec list too:
- 7-inch 1280 x 800 215PPI screen
- Dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB or 16GB internal storage
- 5 MP rear-facing camera
- 1.2MP front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 3.0
- WiFi 802.11n
- 3G Connectivity
ASUS seems to be panning this device to the same consumers that Samsung is with its own Galaxy Mega series. A more mid-range specced device with a ginormous screen. There's definitely a market for such a device too, especially if it isn't priced too high. Look for more information on all of ASUS upcoming products lines next month at IFA in Berlin.