Asus Throws Caution to The Wind, Releases the Memo Pad ME172V in the US for $149
As much as I like budget tablet, this one is more than a little weak when compared to almost any other budget device on the market.
Just to refresh your memory, the Memo Pad ME172V is running Android 4.1 on a single-core 1GHz CPU, 400MHz Mali GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of Flash storage, and a microSD card slot. This tablet also has a 1MP front-facing camera, g-sensor, and a screen resolution of 1024×600.
Those specs would have been okay last year, but in 2013 they are rather underpowered. For only $50 more you could buy a Nexus 7 with a much better CPU and a higher resolution screen, though you would have to give up on the card slot.
Or for $10 more than the Memo Pad ME172V you could get an 8″ tablet with a faster dual-core CPU, slightly larger screen, and all around better specs. That’s the Idolian MiniStudio that I reviewed last month. The screen might be a little bigger, but I think it’s worth the better specs.
And if you don’t want an 8″ tablet, I’m expecting to see 7″ tablets with dual-core CPUs later this year that will almost certainly cost less than the ME172V. I’d wait for them.