Memo Pad

Asus’s original Memo Pad.

In the face of stiff tablet competition from the likes of Acer and Samsung, ASUS isn’t resting on its laurels. Reportedly, the Taiwanese firm intends to unveil a successor to its 7-inch budget device Memo Pad at Computex this year.

Dubbed the Memo Pad HD, the tablet is a major improvement over its predecessor. Whereas the Memo Pad had a 1024×600 resolution, 169 PPI display, the new tablet sports a 1280×720 pixel screen. Its internals have received a significant upgrade, as well: the Memo Pad HD features a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. In addition, it supports the standard array of 802.11 wireless (b/g/n), Bluetooth, and GPS.

While the Memo Pad launched at $149, ASUS will allegedly sell the Memo Pad HD for $169 because of increased component costs. It’ll be available, like the Memo Pad, in several different colors: white, black, blue, pink, and yellow.

ASUS has been a powerful player in the Android device market for quite a while. The Memo Pad HD, when launched, should further cement the company’s position as one of the dominant manufacturers in the tablet space.

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