ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 arrives in Canada on August 12th for $159

Ian Hardy

August 9, 2013 12:35pm

It’ll be tough to compete with the Nexus 7 – the original or the new 2013 version. However, if you’re looking for a cost effective tablet that runs Android, then the ASUS MeMo Pad HD 7 might be a good fit. This 4.2 Jelly Bean 7-inch (1280 x 800) tablet costs $159 outright, has a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 5MP camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, weighs 302 grams and apparently gives up to 10 hours of battery life. Big Box retailers BestBuy, Future Shop and Staples will have this for sale on Monday in ‘four exciting colors — blue, white, pink, and green.’

Source: CNW

  • VH

    I’m actually looking for a cheap Android tablet since I’ve switched to a BB phone. This or the new Nexus 7 when it gets released … quad-core for this price isn’t that bad either.

    • KrispyInTO

      New nexus 7 is already out, I have had it more then a week.

    • VH

      It’s not available on the Canadian Google Play Store yet … I think sometime later this month. Staples already has it though.

    • O’Neil Castro

      Got mine at Staples. If you want one, you can have one.

    • Lazardus

      Bestbuy, Futureshop, and NCIX are selling them as well.. Free shipping or pickup in store.

    • rivard35

      Memory Express sells both 16 and 32gb models as well

    • msamson2

      Also consider the new Novo 8 Discovery tablet that launched earlier this month for $159 at –T a b l e t S p r i n t– the Novo 8 Discovery compares in size to the 8-inch mini iPad and offers Quad core performance and Bluetooth connection — the 8″ size is almost as compact as a 7″ tablet but offers 40% more screen space to play with, which makes quite a difference in user experience. It also offers MicroSD storage, 16GB Memory, HDMI, MicroSD Memory card, a front webcam & 2 Megapixel rear camera, a 5000 mAh battery with 7+ hours average use, and has Google Play preinstalled and works with the new ChromeCast adapter for wireless movie streaming.

    • Jamie Maunder

      On a non-HD screen? No thanks.

  • Jesse Laurin

    This is how big phones will be year from now 😛

    • Plazmic Flame

      What are you talking about they already have the FonePad now. The tablet phones exist! Lol

  • KrispyInTO

    This is a great tablet choice for the money.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Hard to beat for that price and from a company with good product reputation too.

      I’m still not sure if a 7″ is the right fit for me, or the 10″. Oh the choices.

      When I do it will probably be a nexus tablet or a Samsung one as I own an S3 already.

  • Guest

    Why is this called an “HD” tablet?

    • hfghgfhf

      Because it is. I agree that HD marketing sucks however.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Because anyhting about 720p can legally be advertised at HD. True HD (what we realy like) is 1980×1080 if I got my numbers right

    • casey

      Its minimum 1080 on any side If I remember correctly

    • Andrew Sangho Lee

      1920×1080 – 1080p Full HD (or True HD)
      1366×768 / 1280×720 – 720p HD

    • Richard Xing

      Yes I know that 1280×800 is technically “HD” and I’m not questioning that. What I am saying is the fact that it shouldn’t have the word “HD” in the name because nowadays the term HD used on tablets usually translates to a very high pixel density which this tablet lacks.

    • hfghgfhf

      nowadays HD is used on everything

    • Richard Xing

      Yeah that’s the point I’m trying to make. The term HD is just so loosely used.

    • JTon

      You’re wasting your breath. How dense do you think an HD TV is?

    • Richard Xing

      I said “tablets”

    • JTon

      I was making an extension to your comment. But I guess the real issue is you believe HD has a special meaning when associated with tablets. Which it doesn’t.

    • Richard Xing

      I don’t believe that. I just think that even though this tablet technically qualifies as HD, the term should be reserved for tablets with higher pixel densities because that’s where the market is headed.

    • hfghgfhf

      true HD never meant anything

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  • Charles in Vancouver

    It’s called HD because so many other crappy budget 7″ screens are still stuck at 1024×600. Even Samsung is burdening their 7″ tab with that same old resolution.

    • Richard Xing

      I don’t know, but maybe it will confuse customers. If this is HD, then how do you explain something like the Nexus 7? “Super HD”? “More HD than HD”? IMO, the term “HD” should be reserved for tablets with higher pixel densities.

    • Charles in Vancouver

      My TV from 2009 is 720p and was still sold as HD. And the pixel density is much lower than any phone or tablet I’ve owned 😛

      The most confusing “HD” Android product was the HTC Desire HD, which was still actually only 800×480 pixels, but just had a larger screen size than the original Desire. So in fact, lower density. This was also the same resolution as the much-loved HTC HD2.

      Some have been referring to the new Google tablet as the Nexus 7 FHD. So HD is anything 720p or better, but full HD implies 1080p or better.

    • Richard Xing

      Yeah but the average consumer won’t know the difference between HD and Full HD.

    • Richard Xing

      I was talking about tablets, not TVs.

    • Richard Xing

      Ok ok, that was just my opinion.

    • Lazardus

      Don’t forget qHD 960×540 also on the HTC Sensation!

    • Guest

      qHD means quarter HD, as in (1920:1080)/4 = (1920/2):(1080/2) = 960:540.

    • Lazardus

      yes I know what it means but they still marketed with the “HD” in it..

  • JTon

    All you cheap bastards can finally rejoice! Can’t wait to hear what everyone is going to complain about now 😀

    • Matt

      I doubt this thing could handle anything more intensive than email, the browser and the occasional game of Angry Birds.

  • Test

    Anyone knows when the 10 inch version will be available in Canada? They announced both early June but no news since.
    Also, quick question, is the Nexus 10 available anywhere other than Google Play? I would like to see it first before deciding.

    • Abhishek Sisodia

      10 inch version is already available i think

  • King kobi

    it’s not Bad its just a bit too sluggish. it’s nowhere near as quick as the Nexus 7

  • bluestreak_v

    Wish Walmart Canada would start selling the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. It was price reduced to $129 USD today. Slightly more bang for your buck IMO.