It had been awhile since we first saw Asus’ 7″ tablet but it appears that a new device will finally be in our hands. The new Eee Pad Memo ME171 is now being released in Taiwan for about $600. The tablet is still running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will arrive soon. It shares many similarities with its predecessor the ME370T, except for the much more advanced quad-core Tegra 3, instead of the 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor.
The new tablet is also more than twice more expensive, as previously we can get the ME370T for only $249. The older tablet is also being scrapped as Asus is preparing for another affordable tablet, the Google Nexus tablet.
The first Memo device was released more than a year ago and now, the Memo ME171 includes many new useful features, such as a Bluetooth remote that allows users to receive/take phone calls from tablet and stream the audio.
The 7″ display uses 1280×800 pixels resolution and it uses the IPS LCD technology. The Asus Memo Me171 has an average size compared with other 7″tablet,which measures 7.8×3.6×0.5 inches. The powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 processor is supported by ULP Gforce GPU, while the 1 GB of RAM allows the tablet to perform multitasking tasks smoothly and it is available in two different versions 0f internal storage, 16 GB and 32 GB.
The tablet comes preinstalled with apps such as. MyPainter, MyCLoud and MyNet. The tablet has 1.2 Mp of front facing camera and 5 Mp of rear facing camera with autofocus and 1080p video recording capability. The microUSB port is usable for data synching and charging and users can also the video-out port to connect to a TV. The tablet has 4400 mAh battery with a quoted operational time of 8.5 hours.