ASUS MeMo Pad makes quiet postCES debut, offers Jelly Bean and 16GB of storage for $150

Despite a strong showing of slates in 2012, ASUS showed precious few tablets at CES last week. Missing from the show? Its latest MeMo Pad -- a 7-inch 1024 x 600 tablet rocking Jelly Bean, 16GB of storage, a Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1MP front-facing camera. ASUS didn't name the tablet by model number, but it's a dead ringer for the ME172V that slipped through GLBenchmarks last month, and fits the bill of a recent federal authorization. The new slab isn't quite as nice as the Nexus 7 its predecessor became, but at $150, it's a little easier on the wallet. ASUS also cautions buyers that the MeMo pad is a "tablet-only product," clarifying that it won't be getting a Transformer Pad-like keyboard dock -- assuming you could type on a 7-inch keyboard, that is. Check out the slate's official press release after the break.

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ASUS Launches the MeMO Pad™

The new MeMO Pad™ is designed to go wherever you go.

Fremont, CA (January 13, 2013) - ASUS is excited to introduce the MeMO Pad™, a stylish and capable 7-inch Android tablet designed for mobile consumers looking for a high-quality yet remarkably affordable tablet. With a starting MSRP of $149 (US), the ASUS MeMO Pad™ features Android™ 4.1 and offers full support for Google Play so you can choose from over 750,000 apps and games, browse the world's largest eBookstore, search millions of songs, watch thousands of the latest and greatest movies and TV shows, and even flip through your favorite magazines*. Available in three colors – Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink - MeMO Pad™ sports an elegant, non-slip diamond-patterned finish in a thin and lightweight design.


Created for both work and play


ASUS MeMO Pad™ runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a Mali-400 GPU for a smooth and fluid entertainment experience. It features a 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 140-degree wide viewing angles, and its 350-nit brightness means images remain clear, even outdoors. MeMO Pad™ also features ASUS SonicMaster audio and MaxxAudio for high-quality sound.
ASUS MeMO Pad™ offers up to 16GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. A suite of ASUS applications are also pre-installed, including SuperNote Lite, BuddyBuzz, ASUS WebStorage with 5GB of online storage space, ASUS Studio and WebStorage Office for enhanced productivity.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS MeMO Pad will be available starting this January in selected markets from authorized ASUS resellers. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information. The ASUS MeMO Pad™ is a tablet-only product and does not come with a dock like the award winning ASUS Transformer Pad™ series.

SPECIFICATIONS *

CPU / GPU
VIA WM8950 (1GHz) / Mali-400

Operating system
Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean

Display
7-inch (1024 x 600, 170PPI) LED-backlit
10-point multi-touch
140-degree wide viewing angle
350-nits brightness

Front Camera
1MP back-illuminated sensor, f/2.0, with 720p HD video capture at 30fps

Storage
1GB RAM
8GB or 16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
5GB free ASUS WebStorage

Wireless
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi

Connectivity
3.5mm headphone/mic
Microphone
Micro-USB port

Sensors
G-Sensor

Pre-installed ASUS applications
SuperNote Lite
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS WebStorage Online Office
ASUS Studio
BuddyBuzz
MyPainter
MyBitCast

Battery
7 hours (16Wh Li-polymer, 4270mAh)*

Available colors
Sugar White/Titanium Gray/Cherry Pink

Size
196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm - 7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44"

Weight
370g - 13.1oz

*Specifications may vary without prior notice. Options, pricing and availability dependent upon region. Google Play services vary from country to country. Please confirm exact services for each specific region. Check usa.asus.com for further details.

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