Coming off the success of last year’s Nexus 7, ASUS came to Computex 2013 with a strong lineup of 7 and 10 inch tablets. These are meant to be strong follow-ups to last year’s products while also providing competition for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 which will be available in 8″ and 10.1″ sizes.
ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7
Last year ASUS redefined the expectations for form factors with its Nexus 7. Many thought that a 7-inch tablet would be too small, but ASUS proved them wrong. While this year’s 7-inch tablet isn’t a game changer like the Nexus 7, its no disappointment either.
The ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 comes with a quad-core A7 ARM processor, a 1,280×800 7-inch IPS display and ships in either 8 of 16 GB models. ASUS says the tablets will ship with an MSRP of $129 for the 8GB model and $149 for the 16GB version. Unfortunately, LTE or 3G options won’t be available at launch which is understandable since adding a compatible module would significantly increase the MeMo’s price.
ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10
ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 is the company’s 10-inch tablet entry for 2013 and continues their MeMo branding. The really interesting news here isn’t the form factor but rather the processor being used. Gone is an ARM core and in its place is Intel’s next generation Clovertrail Atom SoC.
The tablet comes with a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel IPS screen and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz dual-core processor and runs Android 4.2 jelly bean. It will ship with the usual wireless options such as Wi-Fi and GPS, and comes with either 16 or 32 GB of storage. ASUS promises the included 25Wh battery will provide the tablet with 10 hours of battery life but like the MeMo Pad HD 7, a cellular version hasn’t been announced yet.