Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 leaks with Tegra 3 and Android 4.1, CES unveiling in the cards

January 4, 2013
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Asus has pretty much always been an important tablet player, but ever since the Google co-branded Nexus 7 got out the bar of expectations got a huge bump. Now we’re all eyes on the Taiwan-based electronics company, which is seen by some as one of the only hopes of Android ever overthrowing Apple’s iPads from their leadership positions.

But does Asus have enough fire to come up with awesome tabs without Google’s direct help? We shall probably see about that in only a few short weeks, when, according to piling rumors, several new Asus devices will be thrown to the lions.

A $99 7-incher should carry the Nexus 7 torch further ahead, an ME172V will most likely up the spec and price ante a bit, while business consumers will have a 10-incher designed specifically for them. This last slate has just been leaked, and, although it’s far from official, we’re ready to bet it’ll be on display at CES in Vegas next week.

The 10-incher is known right now as the ME301T MemoPad 10, but we surely hope to see it marketed under a different and “cleaner” name. As for the specs, Asus has definitely stepped things up a notch, although the ME301T will still be unable to battle it out with the iPad hardware-wise.

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The 10.1-inch display is expected to boast a run of the mill 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, while under the hood there’ll be an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor (unknown clock speed) and 1 GB of RAM. The best news is probably the running of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, while the 16 GB of on-board memory and existence of both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi and 3G connected models doesn’t surprise us too much.

What kind of shocks us however is the rumored price across Europe. According to online listings, retailers in Spain and Denmark could charge up to €322 for the tab, which is around $422 and definitely way too much for a 10-incher with not a whole lot of oomph.

It’s true, the rumor that this will be targeted towards business users tells us that there might be a few premium features and functions there, which could explain this apparent price bump. Also, if Europeans will get it for a little over €300, Americans should have it up for grabs for around $300 and that’s not quite prohibitive.

But enough with the guesses and let’s just mention that the Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 is expected to land on the Old Continent around mid-February in white, blue and fuchsia. Before that, we’ll be on the ground in Vegas next week to bring you all that’s new and exciting in the Android world, so stay tuned.

Comments

  • Vyrlokar

    Asus has always created awesome tabs that offer great value. The original Transformer, with dock, was cheaper than the Sony Tablet S and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, while single handily creating the market for tablet/netbook convertibles.

    It pains me that Samsung is painted as the end all be all of Android, when other manufacturers offer superior products at lower prices…

    • MasterMuffin

      I wouldn’t say superior, when sgs3 came, was there any other phone that could rival it? no. And if we look at the Nexus 10, it’s obviously the best tablet here. So your argument is invalid :)

      • Filip Justin

        Actually, argument quite valid.. The Nexus 10 doesn’t have MHL, nor an SD card slot so it gets pounded in functionality by the Transformer. Anyhow.. I am really waiting for the next iteration of the Transformer Pad Infinity and hoping that it has a Tegra 4 SoC and dual speakers.

        • Matthew Merrick

          Nexus 10 has a freakin’ MicroHDMI port, so your argument is invalid. the ONLY thing the infinity has over the N10 is the keyboard dock and the SD slot.

          Now, the keyboard dock is more than enough reason to get the Infinity for a lot of people, but for use as a tablet, the N10 wins out bigtime.

        • MasterMuffin

          So just because of SD card Transformer is superior? It was Google’s decision to not add an sd card slot, if Samsung could have decided, it wouöd have more memory and an sd card. And when sgs4 comes, it will probably be superior to any other phone that time with the quad core exynos 5 and amazing screen and lots of memory so argument still invalid

  • minhnodda

    sounds like a tf 300??

  • joser116

    Asus fucked up

  • Tets

    I gave up on Android tablets, I want 128gb of storage minimum and 2gb ram minimum. I went for windows 8 with 8gb ram and 256gb ssd with usb ports (another item that seems to be gone from android). I still have a touchscreen, and sure I paid more, but I have a device that can play all my music and movies (and store them), something android should have been able to do! Android never chose to step up to the plate and this tablet is proof of that.

    • MasterMuffin

      Surface?

      • http://www.facebook.com/bella.pease.75 Bella Pease

        He needs a lobotomy, dude can’t work out that a 500 gram $500 tablet is not meant to be a person’s sole computing device, it is mostly a media consumption device. There is a reason why the Nexus 7 / iPad Mini are selling well, their form fits their purpose, even Surface Pro will be a compromise in terms of screen size / keyboard quality compared to a laptop / 7 ~ inch tablet combo.

  • Boggled

    How does this tablet make any sense what so ever?? Its EXACTLY the same specs as the ASUS TF300T besides its running Jelly Bean, which I’m assuming the TF300T will get anyway. If the Tegra 3 is clocked a “little” higher so what?? And the TF300T is on sale now at Best Buy for 300….boggled.