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Asus Announces $149 7-inch Tablet: MeMO Pad

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Powered by VIA WM8950 1GHz Mali 400 CPU and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Asus has announced a $149, Android-powered 7-inch tablet in the form of the previously rumored MeMO Pad.

Weighing 370 grams and offering seven hours of battery life through a 4270mAh battery, it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a single core Via WM8950 CPU, which is based on the ARM Cortex-A9 processor design. 1 GB of RAM is also included.

Its 7-inch screen sports a 1024 by 600 pixel resolution; comparatively, the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD both offer a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels. The MeMO Pad also includes the older Mali 400 graphics core from ARM, which is capable of handling 1080p HD graphics.

Among the other features include 16 GB of storage and a MicroSD slot for 16 GB of additional storage, a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and a micro-USB port.

The MeMo Pad is scheduled for a release during the latter stages of January "in select markets." Asus didn't provide an exact date nor which markets will receive the device, but the pricing indicates that the U.S. is included.

During CES 2013, Asus announced the Windows 8-powered VivoTab Smart tablet, the Transformer AiO tablet, which can run both Android and Windows 8, one of the world's first convertible ultrabooks in the form of the Transformer Book TX300CA, as well the PA249Q Pro Art monitor.

 

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    sliem , January 15, 2013 9:05 PM
    I'd pick Nexus7 over this, just add a little more money.
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    darkchazz , January 15, 2013 9:14 PM
    A poor man's tablet.
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    xpeh , January 15, 2013 9:21 PM
    sliemI'd pick Nexus7 over this, just add a little more money.


    Dunno man. 50 dollars less and a microUSB and MicroSD slot seems mighty attractive.
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    xpeh , January 15, 2013 9:23 PM
    darkchazzA poor man's tablet.


    Or for someone who's on a budget. Asus doesn't exactly produce low quality products, either.
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    Potato13 , January 15, 2013 9:25 PM
    Single core sucks.
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    kryzzay , January 15, 2013 9:29 PM
    Potato13Single core sucks.


    The performance would definitely be interesting.
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    Potato13 , January 15, 2013 9:48 PM
    kryzzayThe performance would definitely be interesting.


    I've actually given this a second thought since the main reason my phone was an annoyance was 512 MB of RAM. The performance will be decent because there's 1 GB. It's nice that they put a Mali-400, the gaming performance will be great but for $50 more you get a quad core processing, Tegra enhanced games, more ram, and guaranteed updates for the next few years. This would be more successful at the $100 price point.
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    halcyon , January 15, 2013 10:01 PM
    This tablet is too poorly spec'd for a device in
    2013. It's way way way way outdated and it hasn't even been released yet. It's poorly spec'd now what's it gonna be like in a year...2 years. It is indeed a poor girl's tablet.
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    killerclick , January 15, 2013 10:10 PM
    A Nexus 7 is worth $50 more. I think Google and Amazon screwed the tablet OEMs with cheap 7" tablets, but I'm not bothered since the customers won.
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    ven1ger , January 15, 2013 10:58 PM
    xpehDunno man. 50 dollars less and a microUSB and MicroSD slot seems mighty attractive.


    If for 50 dollars more they had a better processor at least something like what the Nexus 7 has, I'd be all over it for the added features. But for this processor, I'd have to see how it compares against the Nexus 7 in terms of performance.

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    Soda-88 , January 15, 2013 11:14 PM
    Last time i heard of VIA's CPU was when tom's made a VIA beat the heat video 10 years ago:
    http://youtu.be/kNkYqOa11gs
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    bustapr , January 16, 2013 12:08 AM
    when I read the title I got my hopes up for a cheap little well designed e-ink or similar tablet to replace my notebooks. hopes were shattered by yet another android tablet. A notebook replacement would actually be a godsend for me.
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    cumi2k4 , January 16, 2013 12:38 AM
    Ainol novo flame is around that price, and sporting a dual core with 1280x800 display. Try to capitalize on the name, eh Asus?
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    aaron88_7 , January 16, 2013 1:41 AM
    halcyonThis tablet is too poorly spec'd for a device in 2013. It's way way way way outdated and it hasn't even been released yet. It's poorly spec'd now what's it gonna be like in a year...2 years. It is indeed a poor girl's tablet.

    Dude, it's $150, not $450. The specs are just fine for someone that just wants a tablet to use as an e-reader, check e-mail, surf the net, etc. Obviously this isn't for power users.
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    halcyon , January 16, 2013 7:19 AM
    ^ It's a waste...spend the extra $50 and get an N7. ...just in case your needs evolve.
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    therealcold187 , January 16, 2013 3:36 PM
    xpehDunno man. 50 dollars less and a microUSB and MicroSD slot seems mighty attractive.

    I own a Nexus 7 and I charge it daily with a usb cord that plug into the microUSB port so what makes you think it doesn't hav one? I know it doesn't have a MicroSD slot but I paid the extra and got the 32GB model. We own computers to store large amount of Data so 16GB-32GB is plenty for a tablet. The MicroSD slot isn't a big enough pro to outweigh the cons. So here is the one pro vs the Nexux 7:
    MicroSD slot
    Now to the Cons:
    1. CPU Cores One core vs quad core with a 5th battery-saver core 2. CPU speed 1GHz vs 1.2Gz 3. GPU cores Mali 400 Dual Core VS ULP Geforce 12 core 4. No Bluetooth vs Bluetooth V3.0 5. Display 1024x600 vs 1280x800 6. Android 4.1 vs Android 4.2 7. Probally could come up with 7 more cons but you get the point.
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    g00fysmiley , January 17, 2013 3:07 PM
    therealcold187I own a Nexus 7 and I charge it daily with a usb cord that plug into the microUSB port so what makes you think it doesn't hav one? I know it doesn't have a MicroSD slot but I paid the extra and got the 32GB model. We own computers to store large amount of Data so 16GB-32GB is plenty for a tablet. The MicroSD slot isn't a big enough pro to outweigh the cons. So here is the one pro vs the Nexux 7:MicroSD slotNow to the Cons:1. CPU Cores One core vs quad core with a 5th battery-saver core 2. CPU speed 1GHz vs 1.2Gz 3. GPU cores Mali 400 Dual Core VS ULP Geforce 12 core 4. No Bluetooth vs Bluetooth V3.0 5. Display 1024x600 vs 1280x800 6. Android 4.1 vs Android 4.2 7. Probally could come up with 7 more cons but you get the point.


    i don't know, i have only 32 gigs on my galaxy nexus and it is slammed full, i would not consider buying another device without an sd card reader or expandable memory of some kind