Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 tablet up for pre-order for $149

The new Google Nexus 7 tablet offers some pretty great hardware for a reasonably low price of $229. But if you don’t need a 1080p display or a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and want to save some money, there’s a cheaper option.

The same company that manufactures the Nexus 7 for Google has a new model called the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7. While the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, it’s a 7 inch tablet with a quad-core processor, a decent display, and a low $149 price tag.

Introduced in June, the tablet is now available for pre-order in the US.

Asus MeMO Pad HD 7

You can pre-order the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 today, and it’s expected to ship in the second week of August.

It’s available from:

The tablet comes in a variety of colors including pink, blue, black, white, and green. Each model has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a MediaTek ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

While this is a budget tablet, it shows that low-cost Android tablets have come a long way in the past few years. AnandTech reviewed the new MeMo Pad HD 7 recently and found that it’s almost as good as last year’s Nexus 7 tablet, but it sells for $50 less.

Compare that with the first $150 Android tablet to hit the US in 2010. The Augen GenTouch78 had an awful display, a slow processor, and was barely usable.

  • nards barley

    One thing I found interesting in the specs is the following. My Nexus 7 1st generation certainly doesn´t have stunning sound quality, so I will be curious to see if this lives up to its billing.

    Stunning Sound Quality
    Don’t be surprised if “stunning” is the first word that comes to mind when you listen to the MeMO Pad HDTM 7. With high quality dual stereo speakers featuring exclusive ASUS SonicMasterTMtechnology, expect sounds from a quiet whisper to a rock anthem come to life in clarity never before heard on a tablet.

    • Conception

      “…clarity never before heard on a tablet” that is unless you’ve owned a BlackBerry PlayBook or an HP TouchPad where we’ve been enjoying hi fidelity music for a few years now.

      • nards barley

        I can vouch for the Touchpad speakers since I owned one. I think the Kindle Fire HD probably belongs in that group, although I haven´t heard them myself.

  • Jon M Lee

    biggest thing will be the microSD slot

  • George

    Wonder how this stacks up to the Hisense Sero Pro available only at Walmart.

    Specs on the Sero Pro include

    7 inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display
    1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor
    Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    1 GB of RAM
    8 GB of storage
    MicroSD card slot, mini HDMI output, 3.5mm headset jack
    802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, NFC
    Stereo speakers
    5.0 MP rear camera with flash and auto-focus
    2MP front-facing camera
    400mAh battery
    7.9″ x 5″ x 0.43″

    On paper, the Sero Pro gives up 8 GB of internal flash storage and a front camera, , but has a mini HDMI port.

    On first glance, I’d prefer the Sero Pro.

    • jds

      why do you say the Sero gives up a front camera?

      • George

        Oops, sorry about that. Kept looking at the specs and somehow missed that. Oh well.

        I’d put up with the extra weight for that HDMI port though

      • d.b.

        why is it only deep in reviews you find out whether something is limited to 2.4GHz wifi or not? it’s pretty major if you are in dense areas, a library, campus, or travelling in a bus or plane where everyone is using the network

    • MarylandBill

      Looking at a lot of reviews, it seems like the Sero is more powerful, but the Memo has a better battery life. So which you choose will depend on your needs.

  • Kevin Higgins

    to George.
    But it is 358 gms to 302 for Asus – significant in something you may want to hold for a long time.

  • d.b.

    this tablet is also limited to a single antenna 2.4 GHz wifi adapter. not helpful if you are in dense areas, which limits the effective portability of this thing drastically, and you can forget it totally if you live in a college dorm, or somewhere very central.