Asus Memo Pad 7-inch Android tablet now available in U.S. for $149

Asus Memo Pad 7-inch Android tablet now available in U.S. for $149

Summary: As you might expect, its specs can't match those of the Google Nexus 7, but it is $50 cheaper. For now.

TOPICS: Tablets, Android

If you can't beat the Google Nexus 7 on features — and you probably can't at its price point — then you better offer a cheaper alternative to compel buyers to grab your Android 7-inch tablet. Such is the case with the new Asus Memo Pad, which was announced back in January and is now showing up for sale at online retailers like B&H Photo.

You won't get the sharper display (1,280x800) of the Nexus 7 with the Memo Pad, which tops out at 1,024x600 screen resolution. The other specs are likewise adequate, if not inspiring: a 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor with Mali-400 graphics, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. You also get a microSD slot for additional storage, something that the Nexus 7 does not currently offer.

I say "currently" because Google is apparently working on the next-generation Nexus 7, which could feature a new processor and, more importantly to the Memo Pad, a potential $150 price point. In essence, Google could crush the 7-inch Android tablet market with such an aggressive pricing strategy, forcing companies like Asus to introduce even lower-priced models (at ever-slimmer profit margins) to have any chance of competing.

But that could be down the line. In the meantime, does the $149 Memo Pad have what it takes to be a success? Let us know your thoughts in the Talkback section below. 

[Via Liliputing]

Topics: Tablets, Android

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  • Maybe

    Even though I have a Mac Air and an iPhone, I've been looking at the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Tab 2 as my 'pocketable' mobile device - and I've been leaning towards the Nexus because of its specs and unadulterated OS. Asus' own device here, with its slower processor, would still encourage me to think Nexus - though with expandable memory and that sort of price point, it's certainly worth giving a test drive.
    • Have experience with both

      My son has the Nexus 7, very nice and NO bloatware, No junk! And . . . . no SD slot! Why? Why? Why?

      My sister got a Galaxy Tab 2 at Costco for the same price (an awesome Ruby Red with a decent case included, she could have got the black with a sleeve for $170) simply because the SD slot. While very nice, so much of their own stuff on there, it confuses a noob like my sister. I set it up for her and she has 90 days to return it if it doesn't work out for her.
    • Works for me

      Similar to you I have a Macbook and an iPhone, but I just recently bought a Nexus 7. It is a fine piece of hardware. It is not perfect, but I use it more than the other 2 devices now. I love the form factor. The screen is large enough to read easily (much better than the iPhone), and it is still small enough to hold in one hand like a book. Swype makes writing a note like this much easier without having to readjust my grip every few seconds.

      The tablet does not lag in performance, and I am a heavy user. If you what to connect extra storage rooting it is not terribly hard and then you can get a cheap USB cord. I have not found a need for that very often even though I did root my Nexus 7.

      On the whole, I do not think you soul be disappointed with the purchase, and might like me find you user it more than you thought you would.
  • Asus makes the Nexus 7

    Asus makes the Nexus 7 you know, they aren't exactly "competing" against it.
  • Google malware installed

    All OEMs using Android have to install Google apps which are privacy sucking malware. Stay away from Android tablets.
  • "privacy sucking" alternatives?

    @Owllll1net - how are 'non-android' tablets any less 'privacy sucking'?
    • Ubuntu?

      I am hoping that Ubuntu would become a viable alternative
  • No SD, no sale

    The lack of a SD slot kept me away from the Nexus.
    To me this is a absolute "must have" feature.
    I bought a Galaxy Tab 10.1, ( love it) and use the SD card almost daily.
    • SD

      This one has a microSD slot.
    • Hear, hear!

      The one useful thing I would do with a tablet is transfer photos from my (real) camera to show off in the field. A 7" screen isn't much, but it's far bigger than what's on the back of my camera.
      But without an SD slot I'd have to rig something involving more little boxes and cables and crap. Not worth it.
    • It is strange

      Why they do this is bizarre to me, it's taking the chip from your phone or camera and putting it in. It's easily transferring files to your computer, or putting movies on your tablet.
  • My first thought after seeing this was pity for HP.

    I knew that someone would come along and undercut them before they even had a chance to get their $169 Android tablet to market. HP is way to slow in the mobile space.

    There will most likley be a few more over the next couple of months.

    Then they are going to try to get into the phone space next year.

    Can't wait to see this Asus tablet though. They make nice stuff.
  • No Bluetooth - & - 4.2 is out What's the chance of an upgrade

    Whats the deal, why skimp on Bluetooth !
  • Why all the angst about an SD drive?

    I thought we were all getting away from the idea of transferable media - just upload to the cloud (Google Drive?) on one device and download it from the cloud to your Nexus 7.