Asus MeMO Pad 8 Android tablet launches in Japan

The Asus MeMO Pad 8 is a tablet with an 8 inch display, Android 4.4 software, and an Intel Atom Z3580 processor, making it one of the first tablets to launch with an Intel “Moorefield” processor.

Moorefield processors are based on the same architecture as Intel’s Merrifield chips, but they offer higher clock speeds, better graphics performance, and Moorefield chips are quad-core, while Merrifield processors are dual-core.

Japanese wireless carrier KDDI unveiled the MeMO Pad 8, and plans to start selling the tablet in August, 2014.

asus memo pad 8 front and back

The Asus MeMO Pad 8 features an 8 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

It has a 2.33 GHz quad-core Moorefield processor, 533 MHz PowerVR G6430 graphics, and features a 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 4350mAh battery.

The tablet has a microSDXC card slotthat supports up to 64GB of removable storage, and it will be available in white, blue, or pink colors.

KDDI says the MeMO Pad 8 supports LTE and WiMAX networks. It’s not clear whether Asus also plans to offer a WiFi-only version of the tablet.

via juggly.cn

  • QQ

    Nice tab. Hope it launches Wi-Fi only in Canada for $250.

    • khmerog

      Well if Nexus 8/9 ever comes out it will be around $299 (according to sources). Which tablet would you go for? They both have same technical specs except Asus will have expandable memory slot where Google will overcharge you for a 32/64 GB version. But the Google one will be sure to come with Android 4.5 and any updates later down the road where Asus is up in the air.

  • anodn

    i wonder how easy it would be to install linux on this

    • CyberGusa

      Not easy, the Imagination Tech PowerVR GPU only provides closed driver support… They could customize a distro to run on it, just like they can with Android (which also uses the same Linux Kernel these days) but that would be a lot of work and one of the companies making the devices would have to do it and that’s not likely at this point…

      May have to wait till Intel introduces Broxton, it’ll be a scalable architecture that’ll let them use the same architecture for both their phones and tablet ranges… So will mean they’ll eventually make the full switch to Intel’s own GMA instead of continuing to use Imagination Tech’s PowerVR GPU… and Intel generally has good Linux support for their own GMA…

      And according to Intel’s present road map, this should start happening by the end of 2015 or early 2016 at the latest…

      Though, mind this is separate from Intel’s entry level SoFIA, which is their cellular integrated SoC… Much like the Nvidia Tegra 4i, it’ll be a generation behind the higher end SoCs but integrates the cellular modem to compete with MediaTek and Qualcomm…

      The 3G SoFIA will come out before the end of this year and then the 4G/LTE model will come out early to mid next year… They’ll be cheaper but avoid if you want to be able to run your own Linux distro on them… along with these Merrifield and Mooresfield gen Intel phone SoCs…

    • symbolset

      Hopefully Intel will encourage Imagination Technologies to do the right thing here.

      As an android tab all the boxes they have checked are the right ones. If they get price and battery life right this should light the rocket on Intel Android tablet sales.

  • Mlg

    That blue color looks so nice. Have a pink memo7 myself right now works great . Was thinking of getting another, maybe I’ll hold off until this comes available.

  • alex

    I hope, Windows drivers for Moorefield are on the way? (wimboot rules!)
    Specs are outstanding, I wish the price would be < 200EUR for LTE version.
    And, since it's 8", windows 8.1 serial number should be already written in UEFI SDDT (God bless MS)?