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 MeMO Pad 7 HD

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.

memo pad 7 hd

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7 replies on “Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 coming soon for $129 and up”

  1. All things considered one thing I will always look for in future is a directly accessible memory slot. I need a tablet for one reason only and that is to watch video when I am traveling by train, a specific journey taking 6 hours. Transfer speeds via wifi or a usb cable are nothing to write home about. Would rather just stick the card in a reader on my pc which works out to be the fastest mode. So far as software is concerned would need nothing more than VLC to complete my requirement. Even the Beta version works flawlessly.

  2. Trying to compare this to the Walmart special. Looks like the screen (on paper) is comparable, both are claiming ten hour battery life and both have memory slots. The Walmart unit has an HDMI port, slightly better front camera and may (reports vary) have a 5Ghz Wifi radio. ASUS is a better brand name and thus likely to have higher general build quality but we won’t know for sure until a unit ends up some place like this for some hands on testing.

    The HiSense was rooted almost instantly, the Nexus is of course trivial to get root on. ASUS, we will just have to wait and see which way they go.

    Bottom line, It really looks like $149 is now the baseline for a useful Android tablet, Google is going to have to up their game with a refresh of the Nexus 7 or lose pole position.

  3. They’re running Android 4.2 JB fyi, says so at the very top of the Asus Press Release, “New 7-inch and 10-inch tablets with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
    feature high-definition displays and incredible ASUS SonicMaster audio.”

      1. It’s all good. I like coming here as the write-ups are not biased. It’s one of the very few places where just the facts are presented so Kudos to you!

  4. “That makes it about $50 than a Google Nexus 7” – missed a word there, Brad.

    Hmm, could this tablet’s price show whats in store from Google when they update their Nexus 7? I mean, its much cheaper than Nexus 7, while, at least on paper, offering more bang for the buck even if they cost the same, well, except for internal 8Gb, but that aint that much of a problem for me.

    Anyway, lets hope that updated Nexus 7 will start at 149$ and 3G 32Gb will cost somewhere between 199-249$.

    If Asus can sell their Fonepad with 3G and Intel guts for as low as they do now and their MemoPad HD 7 for as low as 129$ then why wouldnt Google be able to offer improved Nexus 7 with 3G or even 4G option for as low as 200$?!

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