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Asus MeMo Pad Android Tablet Announced, Priced at $149

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We know Asus makes the Nexus 7 for Google, a tablet that goes for only $199 for the base model.  The Nexus 7 is quite impressive for the price, selling millions since launch, so it’s not surprising that Asus just announced a cheaper 7-inch Android tablet.

The Asus MeMo Pad is a $149 Android tablet.  That’s cheap for a tablet that comes from a big brand like Asus.  There are cheaper tablets in the market but most of them come from shady brands with equally shady quality.  The MeMo Pad is at least from a known brand with a good track record.

Having said that, the MeMo Pad is cheaper than the Nexus 7 by $50 but Asus compromised quite a lot to reach the $149 price point.   The MeMo Pad has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 resolution display, a VIA WM8950 SoC with 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU, a Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8 internal memory.  Thankfully, the MeMo pad features a microSD card slot so at least that’s something better than the Nexus 7.  There’s a 16GB variant in case you need a larger built-in storage.  As to software, the MeMo Pad runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Don’t expect a rear camera from a $149 tablet.  The MeMo Pad has a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, though, so at least you can do video calls on this tablet.  As to battery life, expect something similar to the Nexus 7 as they use the same battery.

The design of the Asus MeMo Pad is quite similar to the Nexus 7.  I can see a textured finish on the back which I expect to be made of the same faux leather material as the one used on the Nexus 7.  The MeMo Pad is said to be a bit thicker and a bit heavier, though.

The MeMo Pad will be available in multiple colors and will be released in select markets starting this January.  Hopefully, that already includes the Philippines.

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