ASUS $149 MeMO Pad Signals More Affordable Tablets Coming To Market

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News Posted: Sun, Jan 13 2013 10:29 PM
How low can you go? ASUS has announced the MeMO Pad, a 7-inch (1024x600) multi-touch tablet sporting a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU with a Mali 400 GPU and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And it costs just $149.

An iPad killer it’s not, but ASUS has plenty of other tablets designed to compete toe-to-toe with the king of tablets. Instead, the ASUS MeMO Pad is designed for lightweight users who just want a device for Web browsing, online shopping, streaming, and social networking. Said ASUS in a press release, “Our focus for this device is on delivering excellent performance per watt and a smooth and fluid user experience at an extremely affordable price, NOT on winning benchmarks.”

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The tablet also features 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage (with 5GB of ASUS WebStorage and another 32GB available via the microSD slot), 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and front 1MP 720p HD camera. There’s also a micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, and a microphone on the 13.7oz device. The battery purports to last 7 hours, and users have full access to the Google Play Store and a handful of preinstalled ASUS apps.

ASUS MeMO Pad

Available in Sugar White, Titanium Gray, and Cherry Pink, the ASUS MeMO Pad will be a available in the U.S. starting in April.

ASUS MeMO Pad

Even if you’re not particularly interested in a tablet like this one, you should be smiling, because this is a sign that tablet prices are dropping. The $200 price point for a 7-inch tablet has more or less been the ceiling (basement?) up to now--at least for a tablet backed by a reliable brand name such as Samsung, Amazon, or ASUS--so seeing one of these babies come in at just $149 is noteworthy.
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RWilliams replied on Mon, Jan 14 2013 11:44 AM

“Our focus for this device is on delivering excellent performance per watt and a smooth and fluid user experience at an extremely affordable price, NOT on winning benchmarks.”

That's pretty-much Apple's mantra as well, and so far it's worked out well for them.

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detnight replied on Mon, Jan 14 2013 9:58 PM

looks like I might have to buy one. I have wanting to buy a tablet but being the tightwad that I am (I like $ in the bank) I just want one to join the crowd, I still have a phone that you can talk on. I would like to see what is out there in this new world. I don't even know how to play angry birds, I have all the game consoles,a great computer with a 40in monitor, A nice DSLR and all of the toys that goes with it, bit I now see a need to join the mobile world..........................as long as I don't have do it with an Apple.

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Update , broke down last night and bought a Nexus 7 32g.....now all I need is a Smart phone.

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