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ASUS Unveils $150 7″ MeMo Pad, US Launch Set For April

ASUS MeMo Pad

This evening, ASUS is introducing the MeMo Pad, a lower-end device that is sure to get anyone looking to save some cash on a tablet extremely happy. Priced at just $150 for 8GB, the MeMo Pad doesn’t rank high on the list in terms of specs, but will certainly be able to get through any type of multi-tasking you can throw at it. 

The 7″ tablet features a 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor with Mali-400 GPU, Android 4.1, 1024 x 600 screen resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB and 16GB storage options, as well as an SD card slot for even further storage capabilities. It will come available in three different colors – white, grey, and pink.

ASUS has announced that the device will go on sale here in the US sometime in April, but with other markets seeing launch this month. Now again, this device is no Nexus 7, but is more aimed at the novice Android tablet owner who is looking for a basic experience. Nothing too fancy, but at $150, that’s still pretty great.

Anyone interested in a $150 beginners’ tablet?

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  • jscottm

    No. $150 is too much for this in a crowded tablet market. $99 should be the price, especially when this looks 99.9% like the Google Nexus 7

  • Bigwavedave25

    I always thought Asus would eventually come out with their own 7″ tablet variation. I’m glad I went ahead and got the Nexus7. With 32gb [and OTG], external card storage isn’t necessairy for me. :)

  • JeffColorado

    The only reason to by this product is if you must have an SD slot…the Nexus 7 is superior in every way. Vastly so. Just spend the $50.

  • jer85008

    Save $50 and get a 16GB Nook tablet with CM10.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha, yeah. As I said above, even the ORIGINAL Nook Color with CM10 is super smooth and fast.

      My wife is using my old B&N Nook Color with CM10 and she couldn’t be happier with its performance. I think you can find used Nook Color’s on eBay for well under $100 now. That + Jelly Bean = Win. Love Android 4.1+.

  • http://www.thinkgeeks4u.com Hiral Patel

    Design wise looks just like the Nexus 7

  • nightscout13

    At least this one will have customer support from ASUS, unlike the Nexus 7.

  • mgamerz

    What’s that right soft key? Is that another home button?

  • JoshGroff

    What we need are more value tablets with actual processing power, we’re way past single core tablets, especially at only $50 below a quad core with double the storage. (I strongly recommend the N7 over any other budget tablet.) If this were ~$100 bucks I might recommend it, but it is definitely not worth $150.

  • http://twitter.com/turdbogls Turdbogls

    it looks a lot like the nexus 7. its kinda like they had some extra backs laying around, put a different texture on them, replaced “Nexus” with Asus” and pushed some old 8GB nexus’ out the door…but dropped all the awesomeness in the process.

    while i am a nexus 7 owner already, there is no way i would give up all i am gaining for $50.

    however, this would be a great alternative for my wife’s N7 since she doesn’t use her’s for anything other than reading and the occational browsing.

  • jt

    It should be a crime to buy this. You should have to wait. I mean…. 50 bucks. Less if you’re buying a new one… that’s all it takes to get a higher clocked QUAD CORE!

  • http://twitter.com/bboyairwreck bboyairwreck

    After about a year+, I’m still so happy to have my HP Touchpad 32Gb that i got for $99. I’m glad that now more and more tablets are coming out now almost as cheap. The Touchpad has still served me well with browsing and 3d games alike. There really shouldnt be any complaints about this tablet. Its choice guys. So what if it doesnt compare with Nexus 7?

    • JoshGroff

      It really was a good tablet. Only reason I got rid of mine was because I wanted a smaller tablet, and the N7 came out.

    • mgamerz

      Sadly… My touchpad feels slow and while I like the work CM has done, it just isn’t the same as a fully working one (Things are broken, apps force close a lot)… Had to get a nexus for tablet app development. But it was good while it lasted…

      • Simon Belmont

        The latest iterations of CM10 run really fluidly on the TouchPad. You should give them a try.

        I’ve had no force closes at all. Heck, most apps run perfectly even on my wife’s 2010 B&N Nook Color with CM10. Jelly Bean truly transforms even older hardware. Project Butter is the real deal.

        • mgamerz

          I haven’t seen more than like… preview 4 by jsullins. Not much else…

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah, that version is basically 99% complete. JCSullins came back from a long absence and dropped a big update that works great. Even the camera works now. Something that hadn’t worked for the longest time in CM9, which WAS officially a CyanogenMod supported ROM.

            It’s not official CM10, but it works well. Hopefully, someday, we’ll see it go into the official CyanogenMod website. It’s a worthy ROM to give a try. It’s my daily driver.

          • mgamerz

            I got CM10 on it, preview 5… i think. The post I followed was terribly vague. But it runs well. Makes it feel much better. Still going with the Nexus 7, but I’ll keep it around, perhaps let my folks play around with it. Now if it gets 4.2 it’d be great since it’d be a shared tablet…

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah, I agree. The HP TouchPad and my Nexus 7 keep the 10 inch and 7 inch categories covered for me. That’s why I didn’t want a Nexus 10. The HP TouchPad with CM10 fits the bill well.

            I’ll be happy when Google issues an update to 4.2 for the N7. So far, it’s been one of the buggier releases. I went back to 4.1 because of that. Works a lot better for my N7.

    • Simon Belmont

      How did you manage to get the 32GB version for $99? The 16GB version was the one that sold for that price during the fire sale. How do I know? I have a 16GB HP TouchPad that I got for $95. :)

      I agree with you too. My HP TouchPad has served me well. I own a 32GB Nexus 7 now, but I still use my TouchPad. It’s running CM10, and it’s great. :D

  • ReedSolomon

    Why can’t they just make something exactly like the Nexus 7 with microSD and HDMI or MHL slot? Maybe extra USB port? Why? What’s the point of this. Who needs it?

  • CaptainHowdy13

    It’s Asus so it looks nice enough. But like everyone else has said “Just get an Nexus 7″ Im sure it will go on sale for cheap sometime.

    • JoshGroff

      Or you can grab a used 8GB N7. They’d probably go around 150.

  • Futbolrunner

    I personally would go for the N7. But, I do like how ASUS is competing against the potential Kindle consumers aimed solely for a bargain tablet.

  • teejaycard

    $50 bucks. That’s it… That’s all that stands between that tablet and a Nexus 7. It just doesn’t make sense to me how a mere $50 dollars or even $20 dollars depending on the memory can get you so much more that what that tablet is providing. For the “novice”… really? If you’re making a product for the novice and those specs, and you compare it to the prices and specs of what else is available, then they need to lower the price on tablets like that by a lot. It’s crazy the prices they can slap on some of these low end tablets. These company’s are taking pricing guids from McDonald’s. 20 cents for a slice of cheese, in tech that equals to 50 bucks for an extra 16gbs of memory….I’m hatin’ it!

    • bfk394

      To me the biggest difference is the inclusion of an SD card slot. One could fit 72 GB of media on this for the same price or cheaper than a Nexus 7.

      That being said, it’s not a Nexus device, so the software updates come slower. It also has a much worse processor, GPU, and screen than the Nexus 7.

      Overall I would only get this over a Nexus 7 if I wanted to store a bunch of movies and music on it.

    • Nicholassss

      I’d buy this for 100, but if I’m spending 150 i’ll pull a nexus 7 off craigslist.

    • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

      Google sells the Nexus 7 at a minor loss. They make up for the loss on the hardware by betting that you’ll make at least a couple Play Store purchases, and you’ll inevitably be exposed to more Google Ads. Asus can’t recuperate costs in the same way.

  • hkklife

    For $99 or even $125, it’d be worth getting fairly excited about. Otherwise, this and Acer’s new 7″ 1024×600 Iconia are both DOA compared to the N7, especially if Google ever gets around to addressing all of the bugs in the N7’s current 4.2 build. Right now for 1H 2013 I want to see a N7 refresh and/or more Android tablets in sizes from 7.7″ to 9″.

    • JoshGroff

      I can’t say I’ve noticed many bugs, maybe I’m just lucky. Then again, I’ve been on the new AOKP release since it came out, so I wasn’t on stock 4.2.2 that long.

      • Simon Belmont

        Android 4.2.1 is fairly buggy on the N7. The N7 was AWESOME on Android 4.1.2. Super smooth and never a hiccup for me. But the update reduced the smoothness some and it’s gotta be bugs because it’s not like the hardware can’t handle it.

        Another problem is slow charging and Bluetooth connectivity. My Bluetooth headphones get disconnected often on Android 4.2. I flashed back to Android 4.1 and couldn’t be happier. I’m hoping Android 4.2.2 fixes the issues.

        • JoshGroff

          I did notice the slow charging, thought it was just something wrong with the wire. Was a bit disappointing when my N7 died while I was watching Netflix because the charge speed used to compensate for the drain and then some.

  • Brian Walker

    This was teased at CES last year, right about the same time the ME370T (Nexus 7) was shown off. In the early days where we all wondered what it would be, this name was also thrown around, and the 2 got confused for a little while. I had forgotten that it even existed until now.

    • chris125

      except the one shown last year had a lot better specs than this

  • zepfloyd

    Here’s the specs on the processor:

    http://www.wondermedia.com.tw/en/products/platform/soc/wm8950/index.jsp

    Complete pass.

    • Raven

      Single core in this day and age equals instant fail. You can buy better speced generic tablets for $99 these days. I am afraid all an underspeced device from a leading tablet manufacturer like this is going to do is leave a sour taste in the mouth of new Android users who are expecting Nexus 7 like performance at a cheaper price. This device will be more harmful than good for Android adoption.

  • http://twitter.com/jellydroid13 Jellydroid13

    Its a nexus 7 without the nexus…

    • 4n1m4L

      More like a nexus 7 without the awesome :-)

    • http://twitter.com/trsohmers Thomas Sohmers

      Not even close. The VIA WM8950 is a single core 1GHz processor vs the Nexus 7’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 _quad core_ processor…plus this device has a screen resolution of 1024×600 vs the Nexus 7 with 1280×800.

      I’m guessing the MeMo Pad with 16GB storage will be $179… so for $20 you can get a Nexus 7 16GB, and you would be insane not to.

      • http://twitter.com/jellydroid13 Jellydroid13

        I meant look wise. And its pretty clear the nexus 7 is going to win over this.

      • Aaron

        I’m with you. You get what you pay for. For just $50 I would just keep saving money until I could get the Nexus.

        • JoshGroff

          Could always grab a used 8GB N7 for around the same price.