The original Asus MeMo Pad which appeared at the start of last year didn’t really receive the credit it was due until the likes of Google approached its creators to help create the Nexus 7. Having now proved twice that Asus is the king of the 7-inch tablet space, the company’s Chairman Mr Jonney Shih was beaming with pride on stage at Computex in Taipai earlier today as he unveiled the newest iteration of this pint-sized tablet: the Asus MeMo Pad HD7.
The new MeMo Pad is a combination of more powerful hardware than last year’s offering and a budget price tag, setting itself in place as an enticing offer to those looking for a new affordable Android tablet.
The ‘HD’ in HD7 comes as a result of a 7-inch WXGA (1280×800) resolution IPS LCD panel on the tablet’s front. Like last year’s Nexus 7, the front of the new MeMo Pad also totes a 1.2-megapixel camera for video calls or filming video in 720p HD, but additionally features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera more closely linking it to the likes of the recently released Asus FonePad.
In addition to its punchy screen, the MeMo Pad HD7 houses a Quad-core A7 CPU, expandable memory and a more complete multimedia experience with in-built dual stereo speakers.
In terms of options Shih pointed out the stylish glossy bright paint jobs the tablet will be available in when it hits store come July time and most importantly, its incredible price tag. Whilst the larger 16GB model was quoted at $149 (£98), the smaller 8GB capacity model will sell for an impressively low $129 (£85).
The Asus MeMo Pad HD7 was just one of a slew of new Asus devices which were unveiled on stage including a hybrid Windows 8/Android device called the Asus Transformer Book Trio.