Asus Launches $149 MeMO Pad HD 7 Tablet

On Thursday Asus launched its $149 answer to the Nexus 7 tablet, the MeMO Pad HD 7. As the name indicates, it's a 7-inch Android tablet similar to the one it created for Google last year. For the price, it hits Google where it hurts, improving in some areas that have been major complaints about the Nexus 7 since its 2012 debut.

So what's similar? Both sport a 7-inch IPS screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 1.2MP camera mounted on the front. The newer MeMO tablet is slightly thicker than the Nexus 7, measuring 10.8 mm compared to 10.45 mm seen with Google's tablet.

And this is where the differences start. The new Asus tablet adds a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of additional storage. This is ideal for pushing photos and video captured by the camera off the tablet's internal storage. This tablet also has a 5MP camera on the back so users can actually take pictures like they do on a smartphone.

The changes don't stop there. The new Asus tablet packs Bluetooth 4.0, whereas Google's Nexus 7 uses Bluetooth 3.0. Both solutions have a micro USB port, but there's no indication that the MeMO supports USB OTG like the Nexus 7, allowing users to attach a mouse, keyboard or external drives directly to the device. The new MeMo also comes in blue, white, pink, green and gray, whereas the Nexus 7 is offered in black only.

As for wireless connectivity, both sets of specs show support for Wireless N, but Google's Nexus 7 only supports the 2.4 GHz band – the MeMO specs don't specify if it supports single or dual-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz) connectivity. There's also no indication that the new MeMo tablet has NFS like Google's solution, but it provides a better battery: up to 10 hours compared to 8 hours on the Nexus 7.

"Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 has an optional protective TransCover with microfiber interior," the company said. "TransCover folds into a stand to prop up the tablet at the perfect angles for watching video and typing with the on-screen keyboard. TransCover is available in blue, pink, white and black for the MeMO Pad HD 7. The Persona Cover for the MeMO Pad HD 7 is also available. Available in black, pink and green, this is a snug-fit case that protects the tablet from everyday bumps and scrapes."

For consumers looking for a great 7-inch Android tablet, the new MeMO Pad HD 7 seems to be the ticket. As shown above, there are a few differences between this model and the one it made for Google, but you can't beat the price for what's packed under the screen. Don't expect a "pure" Google experience though; that can only be found on the Nexus 7.

  • cobra5000
    Looks pretty good.
  • sbudbud
    No links? Where is it being sold?
  • kawininjazx
    I guess that's why the shell shocker on a popular site is selling the old ones for $90
  • nhat11
    Any GPS on this?
  • teh_chem
    Looks great. And if ASUS didn't repeatedly screw the pooch on various post-Honeycomb OTA updates for their TF101, I might be inclined to get one. But otherwise, I've lost some respect and excitement for ASUS' non-Nexus devices...
  • jblack

    It says:

    WLAN802.11 b/g/n which implies it isn't dual band.

    NFS? I think you might mean NFC.
  • falchard
    I'm tired of this oversaturation on the Android market. Slow CPU, slow operating system, what's the point?
  • wysir
    It's on Newegg Shell Shocker today for $89
  • andy2112
    To clarify, like kawininjazx said, the one on NewEgg was/is the previous model (no "HD" in name or specs).
    It's not being sold yet: looks like August 9 in the US
    GameStop is only place I see with pre-orders so far (and they only list the White, Blue and Pink...),28zu0

    What's a "Hall sensor"? 'Fall Sensor'?

    I'm definitely curious.
    Engadget has a little more on it.
  • George Papadakis and motion sensingHall effect devices used in motion sensing and motion limit switches can offer enhanced reliability in extreme environments. As there are no moving parts involved within the sensor or magnet, typical life expectancy is improved compared to traditional electromechanical switches.

    Otherwise I'm stumped.