Asus Announces Overpriced and Underequipped Budget Tablet for the US Market
Remember that 7″ budget tablet from Asus which showed up on a Russian website a few weeks back? Asus has just announced that that tablet is expected to reach the US market in April with a retail of $150.
Today’s news confirms that this will be a 7? tablet running Android 4.1 on a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU with Mali-400 GPU. Screen resolution will be 1024×600, andnthis tablet will also have 1GB of RAM, a 1MP camera, 8GB Flash storage and even a microSD card slot for even further storage capabilities.
Yes, this tablet has a card slot, breaking with the trend towards limiting expansion opportunities. This press release also confirms an earlier leak which listed a card slot.
It’s getting a fair amount of attention today from the Android blogs but it’s low on my list of tablets to buy. Many budget tablets with dual-core CPUs were unveiled at CES 2013 (Southern Telecom had a bunch), so much so that my minimum standard for a $99 tablet is a dual-core tablet with Google Play.
Sure, Asus might be able to offer a more polished experience but I’m really not sure that is the case. The MeMo Pad is going to fit in quite nicely with all the tablets released last year, some of which you can now get for under $80, but about all it has going for it is the brand name. I’m not sure that’s enough.