Asus’ latest entry in the budget table scene is now available at a number of retailers including Amazon, B&H Photo and GameStop in the US. The Android-powered Asus ME172V MeMo Pad, originally announced back in January, sports a 7-inch display at a price of just $150 – a full $50 cheaper than the search giant’s own Nexus 7 tablet.
As you might expect, there are some sacrifices that had to be made to get the slate to this price point. For starters, the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip that powers the Nexus 7 has been sidelined in favor of a single-core VIA WM8950 processor clocked at 1GHz alongside Mali 400 graphics. Asus also saved a bit on the display as it lacks IPS technology found on a number of competing portables.
The rest of the specifications are just as underwhelming: 1GB of system RAM, a screen resolution of 1,024 x 600 and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. The tablet is available in 8GB and 16GB varieties although the smaller capacity unit isn’t shipping in the US as of writing. As such, the $150 price tag means you’re getting the larger capacity unit.
It’s not all bad news, however, as the MeMo Pad includes a microSD card slot and a wider variety of color options which include pink, white and dark gray. That, and it is $50 cheaper. At that price, it’s a pretty solid deal if you are on a budget or are looking for something to entertain the kids.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
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