Asus is preparing to launch a new low-cost Android tablet with an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail processor. It’s called the Asus MeMO Pad ME176C, and detailed about the new tablet started to pop up in April.
Now the folks at German site Mobile Geeks have obtained pictures, detailed specs, and benchmark results (thanks to Ukrainan site ITC.ua) for the upcoming tablet. The only thing we don’t know for certain is when it will launch… but the MeMO Pad ME176C is expected to sell for as little as $149 when it does hit the streets.
Here’s what we can expect from the next low-cost 7 inch Android tablet from Asus. It’ll have a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display with wide viewing angles, 1GB of RAM, and either 8GB or 16GB of storage, depending on the model. It’ll also have a microSDXC card slot for folks that want to add extra storage space.
The tablet has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, supports 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. It has a 3910mAh, 15 Whr battery and should get up to 10 hours of battery life. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat software with the Asus ZenUI user interface, much like the software that comes on the latest smartphones from Asus.
The Asus MeMO Pad ME176C should weigh about 10.4 ounces and measure less than 0.4 inches thick.
Wondering how the Atom Z3745 chip stacks up against the latest ARM-based processors? Benchmark results are a bit varied, but generally it looks like you can expect performance somewhere in the Samsung Galaxy S4 to LG G2 range, which means that while the tablet isn’t exactly the fastest device money can buy, you get a fair amount of bang for your buck with this $149 device.