Last year’s 7-inch MeMO Pad was a pretty decent device and this year too, Asus is planning to release a 7-inch tablet in the MeMO Pad lineup. Asus’s MeMO pad tablets are nothing out of the ordinary and the tablet range is aimed at users who are looking for a low cost tablet with decent performance.
This year’s MeMO Pad 7 Me176C too is expected to come with mid-range specifications; however the source reveals that Asus will be using Intel’s Bay Trail processors in the new tablet instead of last year’s Qualcomm chipsets. This move is not that surprising as the company has already used the latest Bay Trail processors on its portable devices like PadFone and ZenPhone models.
MeMO Pad 7 is expected to come with a Quad Core Intel Atom Z3745 processor with Bay Trail SoC clocked at 1.33 Ghz. Inside, users will get 1GB RAM along with 8GB/ 16GB internal storage options. There will be a microSD card slot too, for users who want to add more storage to the device. Being a mid-range tablet, the upcoming MeMO Pad would come with the same 7 inch 1,280 x 800p resolution IPS screen as found on its predecessor. Asus has retained the same 5MP rear camera, but the front camera is slightly improved with a 2MP sensor. Unfortunately, there’s no LED flash for the rear camera.
The device is pretty portable too and weighs just 295 grams. It comes with a 3,910 mAh battery which should be enough for a day’s usage, so travelling with the device shouldn’t be a problem. Connectivity features include ASUS N Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.
The new ASUS MeMO Pad will run on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat out of the box with the recently showcased ZenUI on top. The new user interface is actually pretty good and comes with bright colors, new animations and flat icons. It features two new functionalities, namely What’s Next and Do it Better.
‘What’s Next’ basically collects all the important information and presents it to the user in front of the screen. So, important meetings, schedules, missed calls from VIP contacts will be displayed in front of the lock screen, main screen and notifications panel so that the user is always alert and updated.
The ‘Do It Better’ function is basically a to do list. It allows users to create a to-do entry right from where he or she is working. So, if the user is writing a mail or text message, ‘do it better’ allows him to create a reminder to call that person right from messaging screen.
MeMO Pad 7 will be announced at Computex 2014 according to the source and will retail for around $210.
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