So, you thought the Nexus 7 was the cheapest tablet manufactured by Asus? Well, think again because Asus has single-handedly launched a new 7” tablet with a price tag of just $149. Yes, for real.
The new tab is known as Asus MeMo Pad and resembles the Nexus 7 in terms of design and style. The MeMo Pad is a direct competitor to other cheap alternatives like Kindle Fire, etc and it offers full access to Google Play and other services that some competitors lack.
Spec-wise the MeMo Pad is a mediocre tablet with a 1GHz VIA VM8950 processor, Mali-400 GPU and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Although,these might not be the high-end specs you’d expect from Asus but for a price like that it’s worth it. The MeMo Pad also comes with a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of onboard memory, giving it an edge over the Nexus 7.
Asus is also offering free cloud storage of 5GB for MeMo Pad users, so that’s another plus. You’ll find other standard features like Wifi, motion sensor and 3.5mm Audio jack as well but it lacks GPS. MeMo Pad also sports a front facing camera for your video chat needs.
The MeMo Pad boasts a 7” inch display with 1024 x 600p resolutions, which is in the mediocre display spectrum but given that the display is the most expensive part of a tablet, we can understand the choice. lthough, the screen looks sharp and brighter but you can’t expect the display quality of an IPS screen from a $150 tablet, now would you?
Design-wise the MeMo Pad resembles its step-brother, Nexus 7. With the same textured back the MeMo Pad will offer the same grip and would be easier to hold as the Nexus 7. MeMo Pad comes with a 4270mAh battery that should give nearly 7-hours of battery life with normal usage.
Looks like things are starting to heat-up in the cheaper tablet market.
With the addition of MeMo Pad to the cheap Android tab alternatives people are more likely to buy an Asus device be it a Nexus 7 or the MeMo Pad.
What do you think? Are there any better alternatives in $150 price range?