Asus is updating its cheapest Android tablet with a better screen, a faster processor, and… the same price. While I was underwhelmed by the $149 Asus MeMO Pad 7 ME172V I reviewed recently, the company’s next-gen model actually looks pretty nice.
The new Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 features a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, and a 5MP rear camera, along with a 1.2MP front-facing camera.
Asus plans to sell the MeMO Pad HD 7 for as little as $129 in developing countries, where it’ll be available with 8GB of storage. It’ll probably cost closer to $149 when it goes on sale in the US, and come with 16GB of storage.
That makes it about $50 less than a Google Nexus 7 (also made by Asus), and the same price as the Hisense Sero 7 Pro.
Unlike the Nexus 7 though, the Asus MeMO Pad 7 has a microSD card slot for extra storage. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 receives software updates form Google as soon as they’re available, while MeMO Pad 7 will only get updates when Asus releases them. It’s expected to ship with Android 4.2.
Asus says the tablet offers up to 10 hours of battery life while playing 720p videos. It measures 7.7″ x 4.7″ x 0.4″ and weighs about 11 ounces.
The new Asus MeMO Pad 7 is expected to launch in July.