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Asus Tablet Does Honeycomb, Glasses-Free 3D

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Asus is showcasing a 3D version of its Eee Pad MeMO sporting a glasses-free 3D IPS screen, a stylus and Google's Honeycomb OS.

Monday Asus confirmed that its upcoming Eee Pad MeMO 3D tablet will feature a 7-inch, multi-touch 3D IPS screen that won't require special glasses to view 3D content. The device will come packed with Google's Android "Honeycomb" OS and an additional built-in capacitive stylus for note-taking in portrait mode.

"The Eee Pad MeMO 3D is designed to be an alternative take on the 10-inch tablet that is fast becoming a standard size," the company said in an official press release. "This portrait-oriented device uses a screen that can also be used more traditionally with all Android Honeycomb applications, should users choose to do so."

Various hands-on reports indicate that the tablet has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm CPU and 1 GB of RAM under the hood along with 32 GB of internal storage, an HDMI-out port and a microUSB slot with hosting capabilities. There are also two cameras: a front-facing 1.3MP for video conferencing and a rear-facing 5MP. The screen's resolution is also a native 1280 x 800.

Reports also reveal that the MeMO 3D has the ability to share its 3G voice connection with a bundled Bluetooth-paired MeMIC headset (although it looks like a little smartphone). This external device can also stream music from the tablet while acting as a remote control in the process.

Right now there's no indication of when this tablet will be arriving here in the States (if at all), but it's speculated that it will retail somewhere between the typical $499 to $699 price range. It may even see a local release before Q4 2011 if we're lucky.

Asus Eee Pad MeMO 3D

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    djtronika , June 1, 2011 1:25 AM
    is that borat? but seriously, the just too big tablet to stick in your pocket to the just too small phone would get really really annoying very quickly.
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    Gamer-girl , June 1, 2011 2:02 AM
    If this was like $100 without the expensive IPS screen and 3D i would buy it, not use it outside the house. It would be good as a remote for tv/pvr/home automation,remote desktop, video streaming to see who is at the door,email,browsing and music streaming around the house.
    I know thats not actually mainstream but still.
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    _Cubase_ , June 1, 2011 2:28 AM
    The size is just inconveniently wrong. Too small to be a practical pad (if there is such a thing) and too big to be anything pocket-able.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 1, 2011 8:10 AM
    Hey, it looks like Asus is trying to resurrect PDA form-factor... lol =) That's actually really nice, I'd get one if I wanted a tablet. Not as huge as a tablet, not as tiny as a regular phone... perfect. But $500 to $700? No way.
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    flybri , June 1, 2011 9:32 AM
    The one thing I think that isn't needed on this is the 3D screen. It's too small for enjoyment of 3D content on it. On a 10.1" or larger size screen, sure. Not on a 7" screen...it's a feature that's in the wrong market, screen size-wise. A nice, high quality normal IPS screen is just fine for something like this. The rest of it is awesome though. Love the inclusion of the capacitive stylus. I am really looking for a good 7" tablet that has pen capability so I can take notes.
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    razor512 , June 1, 2011 9:54 AM
    Thats one issue with tablets, if you cant bring your laptop then you cant bring a tablet either, so why spend $600 of a tablet when you can get a laptop with like 100 times the performance and functionality for for less money?, and If you need a mobile device then get one of those mini android tablets that have around 4 inch screens

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    flybri , June 1, 2011 10:17 AM
    @razor512 -- a 4 inch screen? My Droid X has a larger screen than that. A 7" screen is a perfect size for a small portable tablet. It can't replace a 10.1" tablet, which I think is more for entertainment. But for a "work" tablet with pen support, I think a 7" or 8" tablet is a good size.
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    fir_ser , June 2, 2011 11:30 PM
    Cool tablet from Asus but is expensive at this price range, and for the 3D screen I don’t see its benefit at least for me.