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Google and Asus launched the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet this month. It’s faster than the original, has a higher resolution display, and sports more memory. It’s better in every way, but one: the price.
While the original Nexus 7 sold for $199 and up, the new model costs $229 and up.
If you don’t need all the new features though, there’s another option on the way. This week AnandTech reviewed the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7, a new 7 inch tablet from the maker of the Nexus 7. It’s a lot like last year’s Nexus 7, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Most importantly, available for pre-order for $149, it’s cheaper.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 reviewed: Almost as good as the original Nexus 7, for $50 less
AnandTech refers to the tablet as the Google Nexus 7.1. Also, if you haven’t read an AnandTech review, you really should. They write some of the most thorough, detailed reviews of any tech news site around. [AnandTech]
- Windows 8.1 Enterprise preview released
Microsoft is inching closer to the full launch of Windows 8.1. There’s already a preview version of the new OS for consumers. Now you can also test out the enterprise edition, with support for VPN, Windows To Go, Virtual Desktops, and more. [Windows Blog]
- Android 4.3 makes you aware of apps that are always running with persistent notifications
Running Android 4.3, and wondering why notifications for some apps never seem to go away? That’s because those apps never seem to go away. Google is trying to make it more clear to users when apps you’re not paying attention to are using your device’s resources — and hopefully encouraging developers to fix their apps so this doesn’t happen as much. [Android Police]
- Lower $350 price tag may be helping move Surface RT tablets (at Walmart, at least)
Microsoft released the Surface RT tablet in October and tried to sell it for $499 and up. That didn’t go very well. This month the company dropped the base price to $349, and if the fact that Walmart is now sold out of Surface RT tablets is anything to go by, it looks like sales may have started to pick up. [ZDNet]
- Update: Acer isn’t working on a new Iconia W3 tablet with a better screen (yet)
Remember that rumor that was going around, suggesting that Acer was already working on a next-gen 8 inch Windows 8 tablet with a higher quality screen featuring better viewing angles? Apparently it was just a rumor. It ain’t happening… at least not yet. [Tablets Magazine.nl]
- Goodbye Google Shopper: Android, iOS price comparison apps have about a month to live
Google Shopper is a mobile app that lets you scan a product barcode in a store and see if it’s cheaper online or at another nearby store. Or I suppose you could just use it to search for items before you go shopping. Either way, you’ve only got a month left to use it. Google’s killing the app, instead emphasizing the fact that you can get shopping results from the Google Search apps for mobile devices. [TechCrunch]
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the MeMO has miracast, something i was hoping the original nexus 7 had, though the chromecast may obviate the need now
Says who? Source? I realize the Nexus 7.1 and 7.2 have had it partially enabled via hacks from the community but it’s not certified Miracast capable. So if you have a link to this being certified then please post it.
My source for the Miracast enabled hack for both Nexus 7’s https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2348991
Demo video, code and ROMS are linked there too.
Update: I found a reference to Miracast being supported via an Engadget review: https://www.engadget.com/2013/07/31/asus-memo-pad-hd-7-review/
also, the anandtech review mentioned in the article, but thanks for links showing hacks enabling miracast
The interesting part about the hacks is that Miracast appears to be software enabled…but I am not sure a hack would get you certification. I don’t care much myself as long as it worked reliably. Thanks for posting the Anandtech article too. From what I’ve been reading the Tegra CPU and dual band wi-fi of the Sero 7 pro lends itself well to being able to use Miracast too. Who knows if those hacks will enable it in the Cyanogen ROMS.
Computex 2013 ASUS Press Release for the MeMO Pad HD 7 says, “available in July 2013”. Here in Jakarta it is 31 July 2013 and no sign of the device anywhere. Typical. Good chance we’ll never see it. Why won’t ASUS let us give them our money?
I have to agree with the other comments that call out the Hisense Sero 7 Pro as a direct competitor in this price and spec range. Perhaps it should have been included in the article, though the scope seems limited to a comparison of the Asus stuff specifically.
That ASUS Memo seems to have same specs as the Hisense Pro, although not sure about how that processor.
I would think it should satifsy those who are always complaining about the lack of SD card on the Nexus 7.
I was just about to chime in, I’d rather get a Hisense Sero 7 Pro – same price, much more capability.
Capability in terms of the cpu speed?
One advangtage the ASUS has for the time being is that they do online shipping for their tablet while Walmart doesn´t for the Hisense.
Sero has a flash with their rear camera, better front camera (2 MP vs 1.3) NFC, GPS, HDMI out
Sero 7 Pro specs: https://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/1-Specs1.jpg
Asus Memo HD 7 Specs: https://www.gsmarena.com/asus_memo_pad_hd7-5492.php
Asus Memo has BlueTooth 4 though.
Just found out the Asus Memo DOES have GPS too apparently according to their own spec sheet: https://www.asus.com/Tablets_Mobile/ASUS_MeMO_Pad_HD_7/#specifications
Of course I have yet to actually see a Surface at a Walmart so perhaps they were wise enough not to have been caught with too many to need to remainder. Or they dumped the whole lot to the outlet channel and Woot will soon be offering up a deal. Shouldn’t take one retailer running out as a sign the right price has been reached where people will give this turkey another look. Now if most retailers run out….
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