The Asus MeMO Pad ME172V is a 7 inch tablet that’s a bit like the Nexus 7’s cheaper cousin. It’s about the same size, but it has a lower quality display, an older version of Android, a different processor, and a microSD card slot.
Asus loaned me a demo unit to test, and I’ll have a full review soon. But if you’re following Liliputing on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter you might have already seen my unboxing photo from earlier in the day.
Here are some other stories we’ve liked, tweeted, and shared over the last few days.
- Liliputing’s Asus MeMO Pad ME172V $149 Android tablet review underway
Stay tuned for a full review of this tablet. I can already tell you I’m not a fan of the display, and for $50 more the Nexus 7 might be a better choice. But I guess it’s nice to have the option of a name-brand tablet at this price point. [Liliputing]
- Rumor: Windows 8.1 might allow you to disable the Start Screen, boot straight to the desktop
Microsoft replaced the Start Menu with a full-screen Start Screen in Windows 8. It looks great on tablets, but some folks aren’t big fans of the Start Screen on laptop and desktop computers. Rumor has it that you might be able to disable it in the next version of Windows. Maybe. [WinBeta]
- One reason PC sales are dipping, people don’t feel the need to upgrade as often. (Victims of their own success)
PC sales are down, and a lot of people want to blame the iPad and other tablets for that. But there might be another reason: A 4-year-old PC has more power than most users will ever need, so people aren’t upgrading as often as they once were. [Slate]
- Roundup of Android TV boxes with quad-core chips
There have been a lot of Android TV boxes with Rockchip RK3188, Allwinner A31, and Freescale iMX6 Quad processors recently. Here’s a partial roundup of some of the options. [AndroidPC.es]
- Microsoft may be working on a smartwatch (just like everyone else)
Apple may be working on a smartwatch. Samsung might too. Why not Microsoft? [WSJ]
- Color me skeptical, but rumor suggests Micorosft’s 7.2 inch Surface tablet could have a 1600 x 1200px display
I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to see a 7 inch Windows tablet with a 1600 x 1200 pixel display. I’m just not sure it’s likely to happen anytime soon. [ifanr]
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