As promised, Asus has made available this month in the US a new 7-inch affordable Android Jelly Bean-based tablet, the ME172V Memo Pad. The Asus Memo Pad 7 has lower-end components than the popular Google Nexus 7 made by the same manufacturer, and is therefore cheaper. The ME172V-A1(-GR/WH/PK) models offered to the US customers are $150 versus Nexus’ ~$200 and up, but the Memo Pad lacks the Tegra 3 quad-core CPU and IPS screen technology and has smaller built-in storage space.
The specs are nothing to get excited about, as same as its plastics-cladded exterior. The ME172V has a single-core 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor with Mali 400 graphics, 1GB RAM, a 1024 x 600 screen resolution, and a front 1.3-megapixel camera. The ME172V is better than the Nexus 7 when it comes to expandability, because it has a microSD card slot and also provides more color options including dark gray (ME172V-A1-GR), white (ME172V-A1-WH) and pink (ME172V-A1-PK), instead of dark gray only. But, built-in storage options are lower than on the Nexus. It’s 8GB and 16GB versus 16GB and 32GB.
The good thing is that the $150 configurations sold via Amazon, GameStop, and other stores are 16GB variants. The 8GB models, with presumably even lower prices, are not available in the US at the time of this writing and it’s not certain that they will hit the stores States-side at all.
In the video below, you can see a hands-on review of the Memo Pad.
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