For some reason, Asus decided not to unveil its new 7-inch budget-friendly at CES 2013, a device that will compete against the Asus-made Google Nexus 7 too, and instead wait a few days to announce it. The Asus Memo Pad ME172V is now official.
Yes, we have seen the device in previous leaks, and yes, we were expecting Asus to announce a sub-$200 tablet to take on Apple, Amazon and even Google. At the same time various rumors did suggest that a $99 Nexus 7 tablet would be presented to the world this year – with the ME172V being one likely candidate – but it looks like such a Nexus 7 is yet to arrive, and it’s not going to be the ME172V.
And let’s not forget that companies like Acer, Alcatel and Polaroid have their own cheap tablets that are expect to ship in various markets in the coming months.
The Asus Memo Pad ME172V will not sport high-end specs and features like its older brother, but it will still pack enough power under the hood to meet your mobile needs. Here’s what you can expect from the device:
We have already told you that ME172V is not comparable to the Nexus 7 when it comes to raw power under the hood, and it looks like Asus is fine with that fact:
Our focus for this device is on delivering excellent performance per watt and a smooth and fluid user experience at an extremely affordable price, NOT on winning benchmarks.
With that in mind? How much do you think the Asus Memo Pad costs? Just $149. And the tablet is expected to ship in April in various markets including the U.S., although an actual launch date is not available yet.
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And they were smart enough to put in a MicroSD slot. Asus is winning.
I bought the Memo 171 last year. This looks like a cheaper version of the machine (without stylus). It can be laggy with a Snapdragon processor, but wins as a phablet. If anyone is interested, I can give more details.