The COMPUTEX computer annual expo of 2013 is getting spicy. ASUS came out with a handful of hardware inventions along with two tablet. One of the tablet is a 7 inched budget friendly device, dubbed the Memo Pad HD 7. this could be the saviour of ASUS as the company has not made any whooping success other than the Nexus 7.
As mentioned above, the Memo Pad HD 7 has a 7 inch display screen. The device has been made of plastic mainly. Though there are confusions about the grip it can offer, we should say that the device is not as slippery as everyone thought it to be. The device will be available in Black, White, Pink and Green colour variations. In its dimensions, the tablet bear resemblance to the Nexus 7. But the tablet is a bit more thick than the Nexus 7. this thickness has been compromised by the thinner bezel. The Memo Pad is almost 40g lighter than the Nexus, which makes it more handy and easy to hold for long duration tasks.
Though we are not convinced by the plastic build of the tablet, we could not find ant flaws in the design. Even the ports like the SD card slot and Micro USB, which are likely to be problematic in a normal budget tablet, are placed well and secured in the Memo Pad. The addition of a microSD card slot is a huge achievement of the device. The Nexus 7 had no SD card slots to expand the memory, which was the main drawback of the phone. The tablet lacks an HDMI port, but taking in to consideration the lower price at which the tablet will be coming to your hands, it is an ignorable absence.
The Memo Pad HD 7 has, as the name indicates, a 7 inch display screen. The screen has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels with 216 ppi pixel density. The resolution is more or less the same as the Nexus 7. Though the tablet lacks LED back light, images, texts and close ups looks sharp and clear with vibrant colours. But the glossy finish of the screen could be an issue as they reflect a lot of light. But we really hope that the company will find a remedy. The device's release is due on July. So the company has got some time with them for the final touches.
The location of the speakers in the tablet is unique. It is located at the bottom of the rear side of the device, which means that you will have to be really careful when you hold the device. If you are of the habit of holding the tablet by its bottom tightly for good grip, the voice would be muffled.
The Memo Pad comes with dual cameras. There is a 5 Mega pixel rear camera on the rear side of the tablet and a 1.2 mega pixel camera on the front for video calling and self portraits. The rear camera has auto focusing feature and it can capture videos of 720p. But there is no flash to assist the sensor, which is kind of disappointing.
The internals of the Memo Pad are stronger. The device has a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 CPU, which is accompanied with 1GB of RAM. This combination will be more than enough for a smooth performance for the Android. There will not be any notable lags while opening a new app or while switching between multiple apps. There are chances for the device to perform faster than the Nexus 7 and the ASUS Fonepad.
Though it is sure that the Memo Pad will be using Android Operating System, the company has not yet revealed which version will it be using. ASUS has never tried any unique changes in the customisation of Android, which is not different in the Memo Pad either. It comes with a few pre installed apps like the Splendid colour enhancer, Audio Wizard equaliser, Artist drawing app and Studio photo manager etc. Other than these apps, the UI is a very common Android UI. There is a set of small apps, which is located on the top of any full screen app. This set includes calculator, notepad, web browser etc. There is a hot key, which is built on the on screen menu bar, in which you can see all these minor apps. Most probably, the device will be running the latest 4.2 edition of Android.
The Memo Pad will be coming with two storage versions – an 8GB one and a 16 GB one. The device has, as we mentioned above, 1 GB of RAM. There is a microSD card slot to expand the memory up to 32GB.
ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 will be powered by a Non-removable Li-Ion battery. As per the claims of the company, the battery will be giving the device a life of 10 hours. Comparing with the other tablets of this price range, this is quite good we should say.
ASUS will be releasing the tablet with a very budget friendly price tag. The 8GB version of the device will be available at rupees 7,300/- and the 16 GB version will be available at rupees 8,500/-.
The tablet will be available in Black, White, Pink and Green colour versions.
Most probably, the ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 will be releasing in the month of July.
It is sure that the major rival if the Memo Pad HD 7 will be the Nexus 7. The expandable storage, build quality and the low price argue in favour of the Memo Pad HD 7 tablet. But, we will have to wait until it get released to pass am apt judgement on it. So, till July, lets guess and gossip!
• Budget Friendly Price.
• Good Build.
• Good Cameras.
• Good Camera features.
• Expandable memory.
• Screen reflects light.
• Ambiguous Operating System.
• No radio.
• Not a GSM device.
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