Asus prepping own-brand 7-inch MeMo Pad cheaper than Nexus 7

News Paul Briden 08:56, 14 Jan 2013

Asus has unveiled a 7-inch MeMo Pad, an entry-level tablet priced cheaper than the Nexus 7

Asus has announced a new MeMo Pad 7-inch Android tablet which is due to land in the US this April. It seems likely the company would launch such a slate in the UK too, considering the success of the Nexus 7, which it built for Google.

There’s also the strong suggestion that the MeMo Pad will hit a lower price point than Google's own device. It’s chalked up to be $149 in the US, which translates to about £92 over here.

Normally we’d expect such products to follow the common custom of ignoring the exchange rate, however, the MeMo Pad does have a lower-end spec than the Nexus 7, implying it will undercut Google’s £159 price tag.

The display has a 1024x600 pixel resolution, placing it around the 170 pixel-per-inch (ppi) mark and a bit lower down the ladder than the Nexus 7’s 216ppi.  

Also, the processor isn’t quite as hot as the Nexus 7’s Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, instead the MeMo has a 1GHz VIA ‘Prizm’ WM8950, a single-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip with a Mali-400MP graphics processing unit (GPU) and 1GB of RAM.

That’s the same GPU as the Samsung Galaxy S3, so it should perform reasonably well for gaming and multimedia. It's also running Android Jelly Bean so should be quite slick thanks to Google's optimisation efforts.

For storage you’ve got options for 8GB or 16GB onboard plus microSD capability for cards up to 32GB. You also get 5GB of Asus cloud storage.

Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, a microUSB port and a standard 3.5mm audio jack.

There’s no primary camera but there is a front-facing 1-megapixel shooter for video calls and the like and the device will come in three colours – grey, white or pink.

In short, while we’re not expecting the MeMo Pad to move mountains it should make a decent entry-level device at an affordable price point. Asus’ build quality is also usually pretty good.

We’ll bring you more information as we get it.

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