Day 1 of COMPUTEX Taipei saw electronics giant ASUS unveiling two Android devices: the ASUS Padfone and the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 3D. Both will be fueled with pure Android power.
Padfone’s “pad” will be sweetened with Honeycomb and it’s “fone” will be all gingery and treacly with Gingerbread. Eee Pad MeMO 3D, on the other hand, will be buzzing with bees (that’s Honeycomb-speak for you).
ASUS initially unveiled the Eee Pad MeMO at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in January this year. Four months after, the MeMO gets glassess-less 3D with In-Plane Switching technology displayed on a 1280×800, portrait-oriented, capacitive touchscreen.
ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih told COMPUTEX participants that the MeMO 3D will sport the “world’s first 7-inch screen with glasses-less 3D IPS screen for wide viewing angles.”
A “glasses-less 3D” display is a display screen capable of switching between 2D and 3D display modes. When such a screen switches to 3D mode, the viewer doesn’t need to wear headgear (i.e., 3D glasses) to see the solid three-dimensional image on the screen. Normally, a 3D image projected on an ordinary screen will appear blurry and double-visioned. According to the ASUS press release, the glasses-less 3D feature will automatically activate when the tablet’s orientation is switched to landscape.
Some reports say the Eee Pad MeMO 3D is expected to hit the market this June, although ASUS has yet to announce the official launch dates and retail prices. Engadget, however, reports that it may come out in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Eee Pad MeMO 3D has the following specs:
- 7-inch WSVGA (1280×800) capacitive touchscreen display
- dual-core 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor
- 1 GB RAM
- between 8 GB and 64 GB of storage
- capacitive stylus
- MeMIC handset/remote
- HDMI output
- microSD card slot
- 5-megapixel rear-facing, autofocus camera with LED flash
- 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera
- HSPA+ (I, II, V, VIII)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- 4,400 mAh Lithium battery (up to 10 hours of use)
The MeMIC handset communicates with the tablet via Bluetooth. With a translucent LCD display, it allows the user to control the tablet as in a remote, as well as make or receive calls without having to hold the tablet itself to one’s ear. The MeMIC handset has a MicroUSB port for charging and a 3.5-mm audio jack for listening to music. The handset will be bundled with the Eee Pad MeMO 3D.
See for yourself the Pad MeMO 3D’s features in this hands-on video (courtesy of Engadget):
ASUS’s latest gadget actually brings together one great feature of the HTC Flyer (i.e., its capacitive stylus) and one feature from the T-Mobile G-Slate / LG Optimus Pad (i.e., its 3D display). Critics, however, are wary that the rubber-tipped stylus may not be up to par with digital pens, which are said to be more precise. Some also worry about the 3D display’s tendency to shoot up the price of the Pad MeMO 3D. However, some critics have hinted that there may be non-3D versions that will sell at a budget-friendlier price.
With ASUS bringing Honeycomb into the 7-inch form factor, the Eee Pad MeMO 3D promises great features squeezed into a 7-inch tablet. The bigger question looming over it, however, is whether it can outshine its competitors such as the HTC Flyer and the T-Mobile G-Slate.
Considering the Pad MeMO 3D’s ability for 3D display, do you think the 3D display will be worth the price raise for a notepad? Or is it overkill?
Images courtesy of Engadget