|Android 4.1 Asus Asus MeMo Budget Friendly Tablet Tablet|
Asus MeMo launched, 7 inch Android 4.1 tablet at $149
ASUS has announced a the new MeMo Pad, which is their new 7-inch low cost budget friendly Android tablet and will be going on sale in the US for just $149 for the base model.
Asus MeMo Details
For that money, you get a tablet with a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, VIA WM8950 SoC with 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU and Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB internal memory with microSD card slot.
Starting at $149 for an 8GB model, the MeMO Pad features a VIA WM8950 SoC. We haven’t seen the VIA name in a while but inside the SoC is a single ARM Cortex A9 CPU running at up to 1GHz and an ARM Mali-400 of unknown core configuration. The total DRAM size hasn’t gone down compared to the Nexus 7, but display resolution has (1024 x 600 vs. 1280 x 800). ASUS is promising up to 140-degree max viewing angle and 350 nits max brightness for the MeMO Pad’s 7-inch display.
Unlike the Nexus 7, the MeMO Pad does come with a microSD card slot to expand storage beyond its default 8/16GB configuration. The chassis looks very similar to the Nexus 7, but it is slightly thicker and does weigh a little more as well. Battery capacity hasn’t been touched though. There’s a 1MP front facing camera with f/2.0 lens. The MeMO Pad will ship with Android 4.1. ASUS was quick to point out that the device will ship with Google’s Play Store and the US version will support Hulu Plus, Netflix and HBO Go.
The MeMO Pad will be ASUS’ attempt to gain a foothold in the ultra competitive, low cost tablet market like India. Availability is expected in the US starting in April.
This is the second tablet we have seen flaunting an under $150 price range for Android tablet after the recently announced Acer Iconia B1 – A71. Though there are no details about the release and price of the Asus MeMo tablet for the Indian markets, but there are great chances we see the tablet around June this year.