Asus has officially announced a new Android tablet: the Memo Pad ME172V, first seen back in December.
Like the Acer Iconia B (unveiled last week), the Memo Pad ME172V is an entry-level device that tries to win the hearts of those who can’t afford to pay too much for a tablet – not even $199 (the price of Google’s Nexus 7, which is also made by Asus).
Running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the new Asus Memo Pad features a 7 inch display (with 1024 x 600 pixels, 140-degree wide viewing angles, and 350-nit brightness), “Asus SonicMaster audio and MaxxAudio for high-quality sound”, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 1MP front-facing camera, 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor, Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB / 16GB of internal memory, 5GB free Asus WebStorage, MicroSD card support (up to 32GB), and a 4,270 mAh battery. The tablet weighs 370 grams, and measures 196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm.
The Memo Pad ME172V will be available in select markets starting this month, for a suggested retail price of $149. Customers will be able to buy it in three color versions: Sugar White, Titanium Gray or Cherry Pink.
Later this year, Asus could launch its first tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor: the ME371MG. This should also run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, sporting a 7 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels. We’ll bring more details as soon as we get them.
Via Press release
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