ASUS has unveiled three new products today, all belonging to the tablet category, all very exciting. Say hello to the budget MeMo Pad HD 7, the Intel Atom powered MeMo Pad FHD 10 and the 6-inch FonePad Note.
ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7
The ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 is the successor to 2012’s low-cost 7-inch tablet. Building on the same, the new MeMo Pad upgrades the display resolution from 1024 x 600 to a more impressive 1280 x 800 (IPS LCD Display). In addition, the MeMo Pad packs a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front camera, SonicMaster Audio, a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU and runs atop (the aging) Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The biggest attraction about the MeMo Pad HD 7 is undeniably its price, $149 for the 16 GB version and an ultra-affordable $129 for the 8 GB version. The company aims to penetrate developing markets with their aggressive pricing. We’re pretty sure that ASUS included a memory card slot so storage shouldn’t be an issue. The only thing stopping us from recommending the new MeMo Pad HD 7 is the old Android 4.0 OS on board. We are hoping that ASUS updates their device to a more contemporary Android Jelly Bean build in the near future.
ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10
The MeMo Pad FHD 10 is a different beast altogether. Powered by Intel’s latest Saltwell architecture based Atom processor, the MeMo Pad FHD 10 has a beautiful 10-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200) panel and runs atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Atom Z2560 SoC has dual-core Saltwell CPUs clocked at 1.6 GHz while graphics is being handled by the PowerVR SGX544 MP2 (dual-core) clocked at 400 MHz.
Expect fantastic CPU performance from the MeMo Pad FHD 10, the likes of which we haven’t seen before in Android tablets. The x86 processor will overpower any ARM based offering currently available in the market. Perhaps when Qualcomm releases its Snapdragon 800 SoC, the battlefield might get even again. We expect the GPU performance to surpass that of an iPad 3rd generation, while still lagging behind the iPad 4th generation.
The ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 will ship with either 16 GB or 32 GB of NAND storage and a 25Wh rated battery. The rest of the specifications include 2 GB of RAM, 5 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front camera. Interestingly, all of it weighs in just under 580 grams. No word on pricing as of now.
ASUS FonePad Note
Seems ASUS was really provoked with all those 5.5-inch monsters-that-we-call-phablets and decided to launch their own product of said category. Introducing to you the 6-inch FonePad Note. Here’s a quick look at the specs:
- Intel Atom Z2560 Chipset
- 1.6 GHz Saltwell CPU
- PowerVR SGX544 MP2
- 6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS+ LCD Display
- 2 GB Of RAM
- 8 MP Rear Camera, 1.2 MP Front Camera
The FonePad Note packs specifications that are quite similar to the MeMo Pad FHD 10. Well, the rear camera has been upgraded to an 8 MP unit. Additionally, it supports 3G voice and data, meaning you can use this rather large phone/phablet/tablet hybrid to make calls and connect to mobile networks as well. If 6-inch is too much for you, then we want to let you know that this is just the beginning. Wait up for Samsung’s 5.99-inch Galaxy Note III and Sony’s 6.44-inch (time for a WOW moment) Toragi phablet, coming later this month (or next).
No word on pricing or availability yet.