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Asus Memo Pad 8 and 10
More budget Android options come from Asus, which displayed two new Memo Pads tablets. Going up from the Memo Pad 7, the Memo Pad 8 provides more screen real estate, though it's saddled with 1,280x800 resolution. You also only get 8GB of built-in storage, but the microSD card slot gives you a way to add capacity. The Memo Pad 10 offers a choice of 8GB or 16GB models, though the 8-inch flavor gets a 5-megapixel rear camera compared to its larger sibling's 2-megapixel cam. Either version comes in a choice of white, gray, or pink color choices. and Asus is selling an optional TriCover case, which, like the Transformer Pad TF701T's optional case, allows you to stand the Memo Pad up for hands-free viewing. No pricing yet, but given that the Memo Pad 7 was introduced at $149, don't expect iPad-like -- or even Nexus-like -- price tags.
Like LG, Toshiba hasn't yet made a serious dent in the tablet market, but it's going to try its luck again with the Encore. This time out, the company is choosing Windows 8.1 -- instead of Android like for its Excite line of tablets -- and the Encore will use Intel's forthcoming Bay Trail-T Atom processor. The Encore is also noteworthy for its 8-inch size, which is smaller than typical Windows 8 slates but is part of the "mini" tablet trend. Resolution, unfortunately, is limited to 1,280x800, though the Encore does come with a decent 32GB of built-in storage. Priced similary to the iPad Mini at $329.99, the Encore will have the advantage of coming with a full version of Microsoft Office when it's released in November.
Lenovo IdeaTab S5000
One more 7-inch Android tablet rounds out our IFA round-up. Lenovo hopes thin is in with its IdeaTab S5000, which tips the scale at just 0.54 pounds (a tenth of a pound lighter than the Nexus 7). Other specs aren't as impressive, ranging from a quad-core MediaTek 8389 processor to 1,280x800 resolution to 16GB of storage. At its announced price of 199 euros (roughly $262) for the base Wi-Fi-only model (due in the fourth quarter), the IdeaTab S5000 isn't the cheapest 7-inch Android tablet around (it's pricier than the new 16GB Nexus 7 with its far superior specs), but keeping skinny always requires some sacrifices.