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
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.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
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.
CPU / GPU
VIA WM8950 (1GHz) / Mali-400
Androidâ„¢ 4.1 Jelly Bean
7-inch (1024 x 600, 170PPI) LED-backlit
140-degree wide viewing angle
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
Pre-installed ASUS applications
ASUS WebStorage Online Office
7 hours (16Wh Li-polymer, 4270mAh)*
Sugar White/Titanium Gray/Cherry Pink
196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm — 7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44â€³
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.