With the MWC action a little underwhelming at the moment, Asus is all over the news due to the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad unveilings. But even if hybrids and weird phone/tab combos are not your thing, the Taiwanese have you covered by expanding the availability of the recently released MeMo Pad tablets.
Both the 7-inch ME172V (aka MeMo Pad 7) and 10-inch ME301T (or MeMo Pad Smart 10) are due out in the UK by mid-April, with the bigger model set to go on sale as soon as March 7. Currys, PC World, Tesco and Amazon are the British retailers you can pre-order the big guy on and recommended retail price is a predictable £249 ($378, including VAT).
Predictable, but also affordable, given that’s a full 70 pounds less than Nexus 10’s price. Granted, you can’t really put the two tabs in the same league hardware-wise, but for someone concerned more about finances and less about speed it sounds just right.
The MeMo Pad 7 is going to be even more accessible to the masses, starting at £129, or $195. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to be enough to drive people away from Google’s Nexus 7, also available for £129.
In a nutshell, the 10-inch MeMo Pad is a rebranded, barely tweaked version of last year’s Transformer TF300 sans the optional docking station. You get Android 4.1, a 1,280 x 800 pix res panel, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 5 MP/1.2 MP dual cameras, 16 GB of internal storage and microSD support.
Meanwhile, the 7-incher looks a lot like the Nexus 7 on the outside, but on the inside comes with a 1 GHz VIA WM8950 chip. The screen is also poorer, at just 1,024 x 600 pix res, not to mention the MeMo Pad 7 will soon get left behind software-wise.
All things considered, is anyone interested in the MeMo Pads? Why? Why not?
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Im not terribly interested. Considering there are cheaper more powerful options available currently. Now i’ve pesdonally never ran an Asus tablet like the transformer etc other then just the Nexus 7. So I cant speak directly to their usability/performance since the only model of theirs i’ve used is again a Nexus. With a Nexus device I dont give too much credit to the hardware manufacturer since its running Vanilla Android so the manufacturers didn’t get the chance to screw it up.. Example Google Nexus 4 vs Lg Optimus G, in my opinion the Nexus 4 is executed better. Because again the manufacturer LG in that specfic case didmt.get the chance to screw over the Nexus like they did the Optimus G with their own in house custom User Interface..
With that name, they’re begging for a stylus and digitizer to be included.
Actually the nexus 7 is £159.99