Asus MeMic

The Asus MeMic is a small Bluetooth device designed to work with the Eee Pad MeMo tablet. You can use it as a remote control, or even use it to take and receive phone calls without holding the whole 7 inch tablet up to your face.

Asus first showed off the MeMo and MeMic last year, and I spotted it again at CES last week — but Asus was showing the MeMic with the old version of the MeMo tablet. You know, the model with the stylus that was never actually released.

Asus has announced that it will release an updated version of the MeMo this year. It will have a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s expected to launch for $249 and nobody’s said anything about a stylus or MeMic for the new model.

So it’s not clear if the MeMic’s appearance at the FCC website last week is an indication that this accessory will be available in the US, or just an illustration that it takes a long time for products to complete their journeys through regulatory agencies — and that sometimes they don’t make it to the finish line until after they’re already obsolete/discontinued.

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6 replies on “Asus MeMic hits the FCC, turns the MeMo tablet into a phone?”

  1. Can you send me a link to an official statement where the memo 171 is discontinued? Their promo photos from CES 2012 have the 171. I hate to think that this cancellation is based on something said by netbooknews. I haven’t heard anything officially about a cancellation. At times I think reporting is as much as reporting some other websites misinformation. Why would they have the product and product card at CES 2012 if it’s a dead product? I blame Asus for this btw. Engadget reported both the 171 and 370. They didn’t suggest that the 171 was dead.

  2. Can you send me a link to an official statement where the memo 171 is discontinued? Their promo photos from CES 2012 have the 171. I hate to think that this cancellation is based on something said by netbooknews. I haven’t heard anything officially about a cancellation. At times I think reporting is as much as reporting some other websites misinformation. Why would they have the product and product card at CES 2012 if it’s a dead product? I blame Asus for this btw. Engadget reported both the 171 and 370. They didn’t suggest that the 171 was dead.

    1. I never said it was discontinued. What I said is that Asus is showing a new model and hasn’t had much to say about the model they first introduced over a year ago.

      When I met with Asus last week, the US representatives didn’t even know if the tablet would have a Qualcomm or NVIDIA chip. A few hours later an Asus international official said it would have a Tegra 3 chip and sell for $249.
      All of which is to say, there’s still a lot that we don’t know… and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s partly because there’s a lot Asus hasn’t decided… or at least decided to tell anyone yet. It has nothing to do with rumors reported on another website.

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