HARDWARE MAKER Asus announced a tablet on Sunday, the 7in Android powered Memo Pad.
Waiting until CES fever had passed, Asus unveiled the 7in Android 4.1in tablet this weekend, a tablet that it boasts will retail for just $149 in the US.
In terms of specifications and design, the Asus Memo Pad clearly is taking tips from the Google Nexus 7, which it tells The INQUIRER is selling very well across the globe. There's a 7in 1024x600 touchscreen, which is backed by a 1GHz Via WM8950 CPU, a Mali 400 GPU and Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Much like the Google Nexus 7, there's no rear-facing camera, just a 1MP snapper on the front of the tablet. There's also 16GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB via microSD card, 5GB of free Asus web storage, and three different colour options - white, grey and pink.
The Asus Memo Pad will be available in the US later this month. We contacted Asus to ask whether the Memo Pad will be released in the UK, but it has yet to respond to our request for comment.
We assume that we'll be seeing a few more tablets from Asus over the next couple of months as the firm told The INQUIRER that it has something big planned for Mobile World Congress. Of course, it couldn't tell us what it will be unveiling in Barcelona next month, but hinted that an Android powered tablet is coming, possibly a successor to the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity.
Asus has told us that the Memo Pad won't be launching in the UK. Instead, the tablet's main focus is emerging markets. µ
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