Asus has long been toying with the idea of releasing a budget tablet and today they finally announced one that might be worth buying.
The MeMO Pad 7 HD is an update to the existing MeMo Pad Me172V, and it has a better screen, faster CPU, and all around better specs.
This tablet is running Android on an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU (speed unknown). It has a 7" screen with a resolution of 1280x800, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
The MeMO Pad 7 HD also has a pair of cameras (5MP and 1.2MP) and GPS, but that's about all I can say about it, and that is a concern. The CPU in particular is worth noting because I can't actually tell you any specific details about it. Asus is being deliberately vague, and that rises a red flag.
According to Asus this tablet is going to offer 10 hours of battery life for playing 720p video, and if that's true then less intensive tasks like web browsing and reading should stretch out the battery life even more. The weight is around 11 ounces.
I don't know about you but I want more details before I would consider buying this tablet. With past Asus launched we usually had a good idea about the CPU and chipset long before the tablet was released, and Asus' sudden reticence bothers me. What is Asus hiding, is the CPU weaker than the specs suggest?
This tablet is expected to launch in July, and Asus is reportedly going to sell it for $129 in developing countries. The US retail price could be as high as $149.
If that comes true then the MeMoPad 7 HD will have the same price as the recently launched and better equipped Hisense tablet. This tablet is also going to cost $50 less than the current Nexus 7 and offer a better set of specs.