Asus Launches MeMo Pad After CES

  • US$149 price tag
  • 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Android 4.1: Jelly Bean

In a bizarre move, Asus waited until after CES to reveal and launch its Android tablet called MeMo Pad.

  • US$149 price tag
  • 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Android 4.1: Jelly Bean

In a bizarre move, Asus waited until after CES to reveal and launch its Android tablet called MeMo Pad. The MeMo Pad features a 7-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution, running on a VIA WM8950 1GHz Mali 400 CPU and Android 4.1: Jelly Bean.

These specs are a complete mirror of those of the Asus ME-172V that appeared in benchmarking tests late last year, though it doesn't quite live up to other tablets from Asus like the Google Nexus 7.

One edge it has though is the price, as Asus plans to launch it at US$149. The MeMo Pad will start shipping later in January at that budget-friendly price "in select markets." Asus didn't provide an exact date or which markets it selected, but the U.S. pricing indicates that at least North America is on the list.

While a $150 tablet from a well-known brand might have been a big deal a year ago, Asus now faces some tough competition. At CES last week, Polaroid announced the M7, a 7-inch tablet with a 1280-by-800 resolution display, a dual-core processor, 8 GB of storage, a microSD slot and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The price is just $129.

Archos also announced the $119 Titanium 70 tablet, with a 1024-by-600-pixel display, a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor, and 8 GB of storage.

For the Asus tablet, it also includes 1GB of RAM, either 8GB or 16GB of storage, an SD card slot, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 4270mAh battery that Asus claims can survive for seven hours.

No pre-orders will be taken for the MeMo Pad. Buyers have to wait for when it goes out on sale in stores in the coming weeks. 

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