With tablets trying to do more and more with every new release, it seems like Asus has decided to target another market – people from emerging markets looking for more basic tablets. Asus unveiled their new MeMO Pad ME172V. They released their new product in a very quiet manner, post the completion of CES 2013. With this released, it hopes to take the low-cost 7-inch tablet market by storm. This device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and is powered by the VIA WM8950, part of the WonderMedia Prizm line of SoCs, with a single core 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and Mali-400 graphics processing capable of 1080p video playback and basic 3D. As basic as it is, it offers the full Android experience including access to the Google Play store, ebooks, social networking and web browsing. It features a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display, with a 140 degree viewing angle. Asus has made it clear that the MeMo Pad will not be a gaming or graphics powerhouse. Their focus for this device is to offer a “smooth and fluid user experience” at an affordable price.
The Asus MeMO Pad ME172V will be available in either 8GB or 16GB capacities but with a microSD card slot that can be expanded by 32GB. It is expected to hit the stands in the US by April 2013, and will retail at prices starting $150.