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Asus aims to grab the Android tablet market’s fleshy middle with two new MeMo Pads

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Asus has unveiled two mid-range Android tablets at IFA 2013, the MeMo Pad 8 and MeMo Pad 10. Very little differentiates the white-and-plastic devices from one another aside from screen size, so let’s get right into it.

The 8-inch device sports a 1280×800 pixel backlit IPS display with 10-point multitouch, a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, presumably made by MediaTek, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot, a 5MP rear camera capable of shooting 720p video, a 1.2MP front camera, a 3950mAh battery and the requisite sensors, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Coming in at 350g, this is only slightly heavier than the Asus-built Nexus 7, and at 9.95mm thick is slightly thinner, too.

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The MeMo Pad 10 shares the same 1280×800 pixel IPS display, though it is obviously nominally less dense, and will come in 8GB and 16GB variants.

It has a larger 5070mAh battery and weights a more cumbersome 522 grams, but is only 0.55mm thicker at 10.55mm.

Both devices run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will be adorned with many of the “value-added” optimizations that we considered in the MeMo Pad HD 7 review.

No word on pricing or availability, but expect both of these to fall into the same range or less than Samsung’s $299 Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and $399 Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

  • Ziggy Strawczynski

    Why are 8gb storage and 1200×800 still even options on new devices? If that’s the base model for the 10″ model then they’d better be pricing this wayyyyyy below $399. Particularly after the 2nd gen Nexus 10 splashes.

    • alphs22

      Nothing wrong with 1200×800 for tablets, and display quality isn’t all about resolution.

      But yes this will need to be released at a good price point since it has little to no differentiation from other Android tablets.

  • TomsDisqusted

    These sound like decent budget devices, but if they follow Samsung then that is mid-range pricing. In the Android world, mid-range pricing gets you 2GB of RAM and better display resolution then that.

  • Me Ted

    Nexus it is then.

  • Mike Naus

    Expecting the 8-incher to tip the scales at $199-229. I was going to get the HD7, but I’ll wait and see final 8-inch pricing before I jump.

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