Price, not performance, ​is the key spec for this Nexus 7 lookalike

ASUS has announced a 7-inch budget Android tablet, dubbed the MeMO Pad. At first glance it looks, physically, a bit like the Nexus 7, but this guy's definitely lacking the hardware department by comparison. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, as it's targeted at emerging markets, where price is more important than power. The MeMO Pad seems to fit that bill with a $149 listing for the lowest storage option.

The MeMO Pad is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a paltry 1024x600 resolution. (Hey, gotta save somewhere, right?) It's powered by a VIA WM8950 processor running at 1 GHz, paired with a Mali-400 GPU. (Ah. Saved some there as well.) It's got 1GB of RAM, and either 8GB or 16GB or on-board storage, with a microSD slot for good measure. Plus you get 5GB of free online storage from ASUS.

Again, this is no Nexus 7 killer, but it's not supposed to be, either, and you can pick one up in white or pink, in addition to the usual black. (OK, the official colors are "Sugar White," "Titanium Gray" and "Cherry Pink.") ASUS didn't announce any specific regions or retailers, so be on the lookout for that, but it did say to expect the tablet this month.

Full presser and a shot of the sweet white and pink versions are after the break.


ASUS Launches the MeMO Pad™
The new MeMO Pad™ is designed to go wherever you go.

Fremont, CA (January 13, 2013) — ASUS is excited to introduce the MeMO Pad™, a stylish and capable 7-inch Android tablet designed for mobile consumers looking for a high-quality yet remarkably affordable tablet. With a starting MSRP of $149 (US), the ASUS MeMO Pad™ features Android™ 4.1 and offers full support for Google Play so you can choose from over 750,000 apps and games, browse the world's largest eBookstore, search millions of songs, watch thousands of the latest and greatest movies and TV shows, and even flip through your favorite magazines*.  Available in three colors – Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink — MeMO Pad™ sports an elegant, non-slip diamond-patterned finish in a thin and lightweight design.

Created for both work and playASUS MeMO Pad™ runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a Mali-400 GPU for a smooth and fluid entertainment experience. It features a 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 140-degree wide viewing angles, and its 350-nit brightness means images remain clear, even outdoors. MeMO Pad™ also features ASUS SonicMaster audio and MaxxAudio for high-quality sound.
ASUS MeMO Pad™ offers up to 16GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. A suite of ASUS applications are also pre-installed, including SuperNote Lite, BuddyBuzz, ASUS WebStorage with 5GB of online storage space, ASUS Studio and WebStorage Office for enhanced productivity.

ASUS MeMO Pad will be available starting this January in selected markets from authorized ASUS resellers. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information.  The ASUS MeMO Pad™ is a tablet-only product and does not come with a dock like the award winning ASUS Transformer Pad™ series.


  • CPU / GPU: VIA WM8950 (1GHz) / Mali-400
  • Operating system: Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 7-inch (1024 x 600, 170PPI) LED-backlit; 10-point multi-touch; 140-degree wide viewing angle; 350-nits brightness
  • Front Camera: 1MP back-illuminated sensor, f/2.0, with 720p HD video capture at 30fps
  • Storage: 1GB RAM; 8GB or 16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB); 5GB free ASUS WebStorage
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Connectivity: 3.5mm headphone/mic; Microphone; Micro-USB port; Sensors; G-Sensor; Pre-installed ASUS applications; SuperNote Lite; ASUS WebStorage; ASUS WebStorage Online Office; ASUS Studio; BuddyBuzz; MyPainter; MyBitCast
  • Battery: 7 hours (16Wh Li-polymer, 4270mAh)*
  • Available colors: Sugar White, Titanium Gray, Cherry Pink
  • Size: 196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm - 7.72 x 4.69 x 0.44”
  • Weight: 370g - 13.1oz

*Specifications may vary without prior notice. Options, pricing and availability dependent upon region. Google Play services vary from country to country. Please confirm exact services for each specific region.  Check for further details.

There are 24 comments

For what it offers it's a good value and probably 50x more reliable and usable than those Chinese devices that get pumped out like crazy.

I have one, got it to replace my nook color and iPod touch to give you an idea of the sort of things I tend to do. I also use browser to access online resources for university and I love it. Groupon deal meant it was 130. It kicks kindles butt and nook. It's lighter and easier than Asus transformer all of which family members own. I just love it.

Hand_O_Death says:

Last year when they announced this thing, Google took it and made it better.
HEY GOOGLE, do that again.

This is Nexus 7 Lite, with 'lite' Asus customizations.

crxssi says:

Not all better- they took away the SD slot and left it with mediocre storage.

PJMAN2952 says:

You can get a 32gb model for 250 dollars or so now.

It's not supposed to be better, it's supposed to be cheap.

I think they did a little too much saving with this one...
Don't think a single core 1ghz processor will run much these days

heat3610 says:

I think they could of stuck a dual core processor in there whether it be tegra 2 or the s3 processor.

ajac09 says:

50 dollars to much. I rather spend the extra 50 and get a nexus 7

wilderthing says:

i agree, 50$ more and you get a 16gb nexus 7 with way, way, way better specs and a lil better os.

but to some, $50 is alot of $$$

still1 says:

as long as android wins. i dont care if its asus memo or nexus 7.
welll i dont want amazon kindle to win either. they are just like apple... so much evil and playing tricks on you.

Meh I'd rather go with the Nexus7 8GB
Edit: this tablet should be priced at $100

mazzmoney95 says:

emerging markets, as in places that cant get a nexus 7. If you live in America you are a fool to buy this imo.

leszekp says:

Dang. Still waiting for one of these with a reasonable back-facing camera. If the MeMOPad had one of those, I'd pick it up in a flash, even with the crappy hardware specs.

darkoman4 says:

I really think Asus should have left these low end tablets for other nonames to make. Their name just started to mean reliability, build quality and latest high end technology. But what do I know, they have people on their payroll to make these decisions.

Jotokun says:

Considering how much the extra $50 for a N7 gets you... this thing should be $120 tops. Still, if the price ever drops this looks like it'd be an amazing offering with the right custom rom.

mabr82 says:

Think this is a great device for kids or "wives" who would like a browsing device to save waking up the laptop etc.

Would be ideal for my wife who doesn't even really know what android or iOS etc is

Is it being released in EU?

Unibrow says:

Except Asus's line of transformer tablets generally struggle with tasks that involve caching lots of information, such as Web browsing. I'm sure this won't be any different.

Just did the data2sd mod on my Infinity and I find it extremely annoying because this is how the device should behave out of the box.

rocket321 says:

1024x700 screen res is a total fail as this is not sharp enough to read from. Web, magazines, and books look fuzzy at this poor resolution I have urged all my friends & family to skip low rez tablets as they are useless for text display.

1280x720 is now standard at 4.5+ inch phones, hold out for at minimum that rez for 7" if not higher. Your eyes will thank you.

DaVince says:

The old iPads had 1024x768 at 10". 1024x600 on a 7" device is good enough for most.

I rather go with a 32gb nexus cheap does'nt always mean a good deal i like high end tablets with a good build thats just me i can hold out snice google is coming out with a new nexus7 this spring running 5.0 with a thinner bezel i hear people bitch about it not having a back camera who cares who the hell holds a tablet up to take pics lol this memo tab would be good for my kids or my mom who are not into specs

diggydash says:

This looks like a fantastic deal for the money. I was kinda hoping they would go up to a 720p screen but can't complain if the screen is of decent quality, even if it's 1024 x600.

There are plenty of tablets to be had sub 100 bucks though@:

Gee just when we've noticed that single core tablets with 1GB of RAM are too slow. What does ASUS do?

Launch a model that has

    2 year old