Asus Undercuts the Nexus 7 with New MeMo Pad Tablet


What do you do when one of your most successful products doesn’t have your name printed on it? Well, if you’re Asus, you come up with a new device to challenge it, then make it even cheaper. We’re talking about the new Asus MeMo Pad tablet, which will cost less than the Asus-produced Nexus 7 when it goes on sale.

There’s a catch though, as the tablet has a considerably lower specification than the Google wonder-slate. The MeMo Pad has a 7-inch screen, but the resolution has fallen to 1024 x 600, while the processor is now a 1GHz single-core chip. Compared to the Nexus 7′s 1280 x 800 pixels and quad-core Tegra 3 processor, this is quite a step down.

The good news is the MeMo Pad has Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean installed, a healthy 1GB of RAM, a quoted seven hours battery life, and a 1 megapixel HD video call camera. Asus has given its new budget tablet a price tag of $150 in America, which is $50 less than the Nexus 7 and $10 less than Amazon’s basic Kindle Fire.

A $150 price tag could mean the MeMo Pad will cost £100 in the UK, a very reasonable price for an Android tablet from a recognised manufacturer. If nothing else, it’s perfect for some web browsing, eBook reading and emailing. It could struggle with the very latest games though.

Sadly, at this time Asus hasn’t provided a release date for the UK yet, but that’s not to say it won’t soon. If it does go on sale here, it’s difficult to see how Android tablets could get much cheaper.


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