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Asus Throws Caution to The Wind, Releases the Memo Pad ME172V in the US for $149

April 8th, 2013 by · 2 Comments · hardware news

1Remember that underpowered budget tablet that Asus leaked last year and later launched in Russia? It’s now available in the US, and I still think it’s not worth getting.

As much as I like budget tablet, this one is more than a little weak when compared to almost any other budget device on the market.

Just to refresh your memory, the Memo Pad ME172V is running Android 4.1 on a single-core 1GHz CPU, 400MHz Mali GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB of Flash storage, and a microSD card slot. This tablet also has a 1MP front-facing camera, g-sensor, and a screen resolution of 1024×600.

Those specs would have been okay last year, but in 2013 they are rather underpowered. For only $50 more you could buy a Nexus 7 with a much better CPU and a higher resolution screen, though you would have to give up on the card slot.

2Or for $10 more than the Memo Pad ME172V you could get an 8″ tablet with a faster dual-core CPU, slightly larger screen, and all around better specs. That’s the Idolian MiniStudio that I reviewed last month. The screen might be a little bigger, but I think it’s worth the better specs.

And if you don’t want an 8″ tablet, I’m expecting to see 7″ tablets with dual-core CPUs later this year that will almost certainly cost less than the ME172V. I’d wait for them.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Steven

    I read your reviews all the time. I do agree waiting for the new 7″ tablets to arrive. I recently saw the specs on the HP 7″ Slate to come out sometime now in June. I’d like to know what you think about that tablet. Thank you.

  • Thomas

    Earlier today Newegg was selling a 7 inch tab with the same screen resolution and specs, except with only 4GB flash memory, for $65. It had pretty good reviews, too.

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