Asus announces $149 MeMO Pad 7-inch Android budget tablet

Summary:Following in Acer's footsteps, Asus releases a dirt-cheap tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but with meager specs.

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The downward pressure on tablet prices for companies not named Apple continues. Last week, Acer officially announced its Iconia B1-A71 , a 7-inch Android slate that would cost $149 at the most -- and as little as $99 in some parts of the world. Now Asus is joining the race for the bottom with the MeMO Pad.

Likewise priced at $149, the MeMO Pad includes a 1,024x600 7-inch screen and 16GB of storage and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It's also available in a choice of white, gray, or pink colors. Google Play is pre-installed for a full array of Android apps, though Asus has also bundled a handful of its own programs and throws in 5GB of online storage through its WebStorage service.

In addition to the pedestrian resolution on its display, the MeMO Pad has to cut corners in some other ways to meet its aggressive price point, In particular, it uses a VIA WM8950 processor, which features just a single ARM Cortex-A9 CPU core along with a ARM Mali-400 GPU.

How much a weaker chip will impact the everyday performance of the MeMO Pad remains to be seen, but at least we won't have long to find out. Asus says it will be releasing the tablet sometime this month. Do you think it will be worth the low price?

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Tablets, Android

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