Jan 14 AT 10:55 PM Dustin Earley 23 Comments

Asus announces $150 7-inch MeMo Pad Android tablet

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Looking to break away from the mess of news that comes out of CES every year, Asus has taken the normal press release route to announce a new product over the weekend that’s sure to have frugal shoppers everywhere delighted: The $150 7-inch MeMo Pad.

The Nexus 7 has impressive internals for $200. So how was Asus able to knock $50 off the price of the incredibly similar MeMo Pad? In short, a downgrade in just about every way imaginable. The MeMo Pad comes with a 7-inch 1024 by 600 display, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 1GHz single-core processor, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and a base storage of 8GB. A 16GB model is also available. To further differentiate the MeMo Pad from the Nexus 7, it’s also a bit thicker and a bit heavier, but comes in multiple colors and features SD expansion.

Asus clearly isn’t going to win any spec wars with the MeMo Pad, but price wars are a different story. If Android 4.1 is able to run well enough on the MeMo Pad, specs won’t matter. The fact that you just spent $150 on a fully functional Android tablet from a well known manufacturer will.

The Asus MeMo Pad will be released in select markets starting this January, with US availability expected by April.

Show Press Release
ASUS Launches the MeMO Padâ„¢

The new MeMO Padâ„¢ is designed to go wherever you go.

Fremont, CA (January 13, 2013) — ASUS is excited to introduce the MeMO Padâ„¢, a stylish and capable 7-inch Android tablet designed for mobile consumers looking for a high-quality yet remarkably affordable tablet. With a starting MSRP of $149 (US), the ASUS MeMO Padâ„¢ features Androidâ„¢ 4.1 and offers full support for Google Play so you can choose from over 750,000 apps and games, browse the world’s largest eBookstore, search millions of songs, watch thousands of the latest and greatest movies and TV shows, and even flip through your favorite magazines*. Available in three colors — Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink — MeMO Padâ„¢ sports an elegant, non-slip diamond-patterned finish in a thin and lightweight design.

Created for both work and play

ASUS MeMO Padâ„¢ runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a Mali-400 GPU for a smooth and fluid entertainment experience. It features a 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 140-degree wide viewing angles, and its 350-nit brightness means images remain clear, even outdoors. MeMO Padâ„¢ also features ASUS SonicMaster audio and MaxxAudio for high-quality sound.
ASUS MeMO Padâ„¢ offers up to 16GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. A suite of ASUS applications are also pre-installed, including SuperNote Lite, BuddyBuzz, ASUS WebStorage with 5GB of online storage space, ASUS Studio and WebStorage Office for enhanced productivity.

ASUS MeMO Pad will be available starting this January in selected markets from authorized ASUS resellers. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information. The ASUS MeMO Padâ„¢ is a tablet-only product and does not come with a dock like the award winning ASUS Transformer Padâ„¢ series.


VIA WM8950 (1GHz) / Mali-400

Operating system
Androidâ„¢ 4.1 Jelly Bean

7-inch (1024 x 600, 170PPI) LED-backlit
10-point multi-touch
140-degree wide viewing angle
350-nits brightness

Front Camera
1MP back-illuminated sensor, f/2.0, with 720p HD video capture at 30fps

8GB or 16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
5GB free ASUS WebStorage

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

3.5mm headphone/mic
Micro-USB port


Pre-installed ASUS applications
SuperNote Lite
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS WebStorage Online Office
ASUS Studio

7 hours (16Wh Li-polymer, 4270mAh)*

Available colors
Sugar White/Titanium Gray/Cherry Pink

196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm — 7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44″

370g — 13.1oz

*Specifications may vary without prior notice. Options, pricing and availability dependent upon region. Google Play services vary from country to country. Please confirm exact services for each specific region. Check usa.asus.com for further details.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • bill collier

    For 50.00 dollars less this tablet is a lot more less when compared to the nexus 7. It will only sell more nexus tablets. Sorry its bound to fail. I think it would have trouble selling for $99.00.

  • http://varemenos.com/ Varemenos

    i’d rather buy a chinese tablet than this…

    • CTown

      Actually, I think this will be much better than most of the tablets that sell at Best Buy for less than $200 (if you don’t count the Kindles which are sold at a loss or the deeply discounted 7 inch Glaxy Tab 2). Those cheap tablets usually make compromises that are much worse than the ones found in this Asus tablet (such as unresponsive, yet capacitive, hdpi touch screens).

      In one of these tablets (the Kurio 7), I used my own mini-usb cable (it was my cousin’s, I had to install the Play store on it) with it, it went ballistic. I would touch one part of the keyboard and the whole thing will just light up, as if I pressed many random buttons at once.

      This thing will probably offer a much better expirence than the cheap tablets most people have access to at this moment.

  • donger

    Not worth it.

  • Heetskore

    I’m not the richest guy around, but I can still afford a much better tablet than this. This is a little too extreme for a budget tab.

  • aufan1

    The specs match that of a Kindle Fire or Nook. Maybe this is the market Asus is trying to get into?

  • shadowxof

    Coming from someone that works in retail and seeing how lately people aren’t willing to shell out $200 for a nexus 7 when they can get a no-name brand for a lot less. It seems like a no brainer to most of us here to get a nexus, but when so many people want tablets for basics (web access, email, pictures, videos), the decent tablet for $50 less is the more likely buy.

    For us tech nerds here, this tab is pointless.
    For the general consumer looking for a average tablet for a decent price, this tab is a definite buy.

    well played ASUS

    • MC_Android

      Despite that, without the constant praise of tech sites, you don’t have that initial spark to start word of mouth. Every “hot” product’s success involves some form of trickle down effect. If all the tech sites have the same “meh” reaction I get, I doubt this tablet will gain much traction.

    • alexanderharri3

      It’s a good tab to compete with those utter garbage Archos, no-name tabs that run 80-140. They struggle to do even the most basic tasks and forget about software updates…. They question the entire point of having the table to begin with…

      This is kind of a OTPP (one tablet per person) like approach – cheap but well kinda capable-ish.

    • scubabum

      @shadowxof: I agree. Most of the tech nerds will skip this tablet.

      However, for the casual users, this is a good tablet at an affordable price.
      It has decent CPU, graphics, front-camera, and SD-expansion.
      These specs are good enough for web browsing, book reading, video chat, and of course,
      some games.

      The competitions for the 7-inch tab is getting fierce. I think Asus is taking a page from Samsung playbook and wants to have a competing product in every category. Good move.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Sounds like a smart move, iffy product.
    Having a MeMo Pad next to a Nexus 7 in stores would be an interesting scenario.

  • MC_Android

    I was never happy Google hijacked the Asus MeMo 370T project. For the same price as the original 16 gb Nexus 7, you had the same screen (thus resolution), same processor, same internal storage, same front facing camera but an additional microSD expandable storage, and a 8 mpx rear camera. That was last year. Now if they took off the rear camera and assuming the original batches of the MeMo 370′s success, based off economies of scale and maybe some other tweaks, it’s feasible to bring it down to a $200 BOM. Anyways, if they re-released the Memo 370T, that would have made a bigger impact on me that this thing Asus just announced


    The mainstream consumer may be different, but I’ll gladly pay $50 for a tegra3 and hi res display.

  • Thomas Biard

    1Ghz single core? No thank you! My phone has that…and its over 2 1/2 years old! I cant imagine getting anything less than a dual core 1.2Ghz, and that’s at the bottom of my spectrum.

    However, I do think that this is aimed at people that see “Asus”…”tablet”….”$150″. There are dozens of other manufacturers that have prices similar to this and have terrible terrible devices. So in one regard I could say that this is a somwhat safe bet because ASUS knows how to polish a UI and get a good user experience out of a device.

  • malo59

    ASUS which competes directly with the Nexus 7 is somewhat paradoxical.
    The tablets are quite similar, there is a complete technical description in this article:

  • SGB101

    ormal peeps will buy this because they want a basic tab, to email, Facebook and Google. But it will get judged/compared to the iPad, and one day the owner will try and plays a half decent game on it, and they will be An ex android user, on their next purchase.

    The nexus7 was the first ‘cheap’ tablet that could compleat, and beat the iPad. This thing just sullies the Android brand.

  • jonstle

    This would be a good tablet for my daughter. Agree is only 6 so specs don’t really matter.

  • smeghead68

    Not for me. The Nexus 7 is the way to go. If you want a cheap tablet there are plenty around for $100. If this was to compete these price wise then i would consider it.

  • A.Woodbury

    Why buy this when there’s a Nexus device that is the same size yet so much better?

  • NeoJesus

    This is like selling a car that doesn’t offer a front windshield.

    I hate that manufacturers are trying so hard to get to the goal of a $99 tablet.

    Laptop makers are able to make a $300 laptop because the i3 is a very respectable piece of SOC, as is AMD’s line.

    Surfing on Android with a single core 1ghz chip is torture. Even with the high end, modern chips, it’s still no where near the experience you get with an Intel i3.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    I think what people are forgetting is that the Nexus 7 is only available for $199 because it’s offered through Google. Google is selling it at a minor loss, hoping to recuperate that loss (and future profit) through Play Store purchases and advertising. Asus has no way to recuperate that cost, so that “$50 savings” also meant “and squeeze some profit margin into there too”.

  • Alan

    Not only is it $50 less than the NEXUS 7 but it has an SD card slot! That has to be worth a few more bucks.

    Look back at the comments on the Nexus 7…and all those other Google offerings that have no SD card option meaning its Cloud Storage. I would not touch any device that tries to force me into Cloud storage..shades of iPhone to me.

    I have a TF700 and if this is as good (relative to price/specs) as the TF700 then I think it will do OK.

    Time will tell but thats my 2c worth

  • digvijaya07

    Best Low Budget Tab :))