Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD is Coming Soon, Will Cost $129

Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD is Coming Soon, Will Cost $129 e-Reading Hardware 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.

Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD is Coming Soon, Will Cost $129 e-Reading Hardware

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.

Asus MeMO Pad 7 HD is Coming Soon, Will Cost $129 e-Reading Hardware

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.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. fjtorres3 June, 2013

    CNET thinks it has a 1.2GHz Arm Cortex A7 CPU:
    “The newer 7-inch tablet will ship with Android 4.2, and will feature a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8125 CPU and a PowerVR SGX 544 graphics processor. ”

    http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/asus-memo-pad-hd/4505-3126_7-35781396.html

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  2. Sturmund Drang3 June, 2013

    I think I’d rather get the Nook HD if they offer it again for $149 for father’s day. I just bought an ASUS laptop for my college age daughter and spent two days stripping bloatware off of it. The shine is off the Asus for me. (I know it’s comparing apples to oranges but I really don’t want a full functional android device but a decent ereader to compliment my Touch.)

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  3. cookie3 June, 2013

    At the price, they probably leave off bluetooth. I got to believe it has an IPS display, although nothing in this post says so.

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