ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 Android tablet (preview)

The MeMo Pad HD 7 is a very similar device to the Nexus 7 but with the addition of a 5-megapixel camera

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Pros

  • Very low price
  • Rear facing camera
  • Light weight

Cons

  • Wi-Fi only
  • No real wow factor

Bottom Line

The ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 is a very similar device to the Nexus 7 but with the addition of a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. It will become one of the cheapest tablets on the market.

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Small and cheap tablets seem to be flying onto the shelves, most of them clearly trying to replicate the success of the Google Nexus 7. ASUS' latest attempt is the MeMo Pad HD 7, a very similar device to the Nexus 7 but with the addition of a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

ASUS describes the MeMo Pad HD 7 as "a 7-inch tablet that offers incredible value". Starting at US$129 for the 8GB model and US$149 for the 16GB model, it's hard to argue with that statement. Even the $199 pricing in Australia makes it one of the cheapest Android tablets on the market.

The MeMo Pad HD 7 looks very similar to the Nexus 7, which is hardly surprising since ASUS manufacturers that device, too. The addition of four color variants — black, white, pink and green — will help it stand out from the crowd but the biggest plus is weight. At 302g, the MeMo Pad HD 7 is 38g lighter than the Nexus 7, even though it's ever so slightly thicker.

The MeMo Pad HD 7 is 38g lighter than the Google Nexus 7.
The MeMo Pad HD 7 is 38g lighter than the Google Nexus 7.

Despite being an entry level device, you'll get plenty of bang for your buck. The MeMo Pad HD 7 has a quad-core Cortex A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and the previously mentioned 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, depending on the model you choose. There's also a microSD card slot to expand the memory.

The MeMo Pad HD 7 also has a 7in IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x800, a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video calls and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera that also doubles as a 720p HD video recorder. ASUS says the rear-facing camera is "optional" on some models, but there's been no official word on the specifics of this.

The MeMo Pad HD 7 also has a 7in IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x800.
The MeMo Pad HD 7 also has a 7in IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x800.

The ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 has a non-removable lithium polymer battery that the company says will last for up to 10 hours of video playback. The device runs the latest 4.2 'Jelly Bean' version of Google's Android operating system, though ASUS does pre-load a few apps including WebStorage Office for accessing Microsoft Office documents online.

The ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 is available now through authorised ASUS retailers and channel resellers in grey, blue, white, pink and green colour variants for $199.

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