One of the most interesting tablets during the Computex 2013 show was the 7-inch MeMO Pad HD7. We’ve seen in the past few months various leaks about a cheap model, which now appears to the this HD7 model with a model number of ME173X.
There are a few key features which are worth talking about. First, how about this cheap price of $149 for the 16GB model? Even better than that, there will be a 8GB model in emerging markets for just $129. This is obviously that super budget priced tablet that has been rumored about for quite some time.
You might be asking yourself about the Nexus 7 and how this compares. A new Nexus 7 will likely be unveiled in August 2013 and won’t likely hit the low price point of the MeMO HD7. Asus needed some separation between the two 7-inch devices and price is a big part of that.
What makes the MeMO Pad HD 7 ME173 stand out beyond just the price is the glossy back finish and the wild colors such as pink and yellow. It also comes in white or black. It’s impressive and make this a real standout when you look at what’s out there as a comparison. I can’t think of any other glossy back tablets like this one.
Key specs of the ME173 HD7 MeMO Pad:
- quad-core A7 – MediaTek MT8125
- 1,280 x 800 IPS screen
- 1.2-megapixel front and optional 5-megapixel rear cameras
- front-facing HD camera that can capture 720p HD videos
- 1GB RAM
- high-quality stereo speakers with enhanced sound, courtesy of ASUS SonicMaster audio technology
- 10.8mm thick and 302g
- MicroSD card slot
- 120.6mm x 196.8mm x 10.8mm
- 16GB ASUS WebStorage free for one year
Accessories for the MeMO ME173
Asus has announced a couple official accessories for the 7-inch MeMO Pad. First, the TransCover. Details include:
- two-way adjustable stand for better typing and viewing positions
- textured microfiber and polyurethane design
- front and back protection without adding bulk
- colors include blue, pink, white, and black
Also available is the Persona Cover. Details include:
- a tough polymer case shell
- made of flexible non-slip matte textured finish
- designed to keep the slim profile of the ME173
- colors include black, pink and green