ASUS Announces MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10 Tabletsby Jarred Walton on September 4, 2013 2:13 PM EST
Joining the slew of IFA announcements as well as the MeMO Pad HD7, ASUS has two more MeMO Pad tablets on the way: the MeMO Pad 8 (ME180A) and MeMO Pad 10 (ME102A). Some of the details are a bit light right now, as all we know for certain is ASUS will be using quad-core 1.6GHz SoCs, but considering the MeMO Pad HD7 uses a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 (4 x Cortex-A7), that would seem the likely SoC of choice for the new MeMO Pads as well. ASUS seems to be using the MeMO lineup to introduce budget-friendly offerings, and while they haven’t disclosed pricing on the new models I suspect they’ll be well into the sub-$200 range like the HD7.
The specifications for the two tablets are quite similar in most areas, other than size. Both have 1280x800 IPS displays with 10-point capacitive multitouch, with the MeMO Pad 8 using an 8” display and the MeMO Pad 10 using a 10.1” display. They both include 1GB RAM, but the ME180A is only available with 16GB onboard storage while the ME102A is available with either 8GB or 16GB – though microSDXC slots are allow users to easily add more storage. Cameras are another area where the two differ: the 8” model has 5MP rear/1.2MP front (720p HD recording on the rear is supported) while the 10” has a 2MP rear/1.2MP front (again with 720p recording available from the rear camera). 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 are present, along with micro-USB and a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack. The MeMO Pad 8 has an accelerometer, e-compass, and proximity sensor; the 10 has A-GPS with GLONASS instead and drops the proximity sensor for some reason.
In terms of battery life, the 10 has a 5070 mAh battery while the 8 has a 3950 mAh battery, but the larger display apparently uses most of the extra capacity. The 10 is rated for up to 9.5 hours of 720p video playback and the 8 is rated at 9 hours. The MeMO Pad 8 measures 212.4mm x 127.4mm x 9.95mm and weighs 350g while the MeMO Pad 10 is 256mm x 174.6mm x 10.5mm and weighs 522g. Both models are available in white, grey, or pink, with pricing and availability not yet finalized.
Source: ASUS IFA Event
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Cinnabuns - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - linkNot sure if it's the same thing but one of the products my company is developing uses a "proximity sensor" to detect when someone or something is approaching the device. This allows the device to change state depending on whether it thinks someone is about to use it.
MagickMan - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - link1GB of RAM? No, never again.
JarredWalton - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - linkDepends on the price. I still use an Acer A700 with Tegra 3 and 1GB and it works okay, and I have another tablet (LePan Tab II) with a MediaTek SoC and 1GB that also works fine for most tasks. For $150 or so, I know plenty of people that would like a decent tablet. Right now, finding 10" tablets for under $200 often means Chinese imports with little or no support.
lmcd - Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - linkProximity (I believe) is when it's held up to your ear? Like on phones?
Hubb1e - Thursday, September 5, 2013 - linkI might get one of the 10" tablets. I'm having a hard time justifying a $400 tablet that mainly gets used while taking a dump and I do prefer the 10" size.