The long awaited ASUS Eee Pad MeMo 171 is finally announced here in Malaysia. Carrying the price tag of RM1,599, the Eee pad MeMo 171 is a 7″ Android tablet which lets you make voice calls through a mobile network. While there are other hybrid tablets with phone features like the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Tab 7.0 Plus, the MeMo lets you answer calls with the smaller MeMic Bluetooth headset instead of putting the entire tablet next to your head. The MeMic headset comes with a transparent monochrome display that display text messages, calendar updates and lets you control your music.
Powering the MeMo is a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor which is accompanied with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that’s expandable with microSD. In terms of display, it uses a 7″ Super IPS+ that pushes 1280×800 pixels resolution with brightness rated at 600 nits. To offer more versatility, the Memo also comes with a digital stylus that lets you write or draw through its MyPainter app. The stylus is easily tucked away into the silo at the sides of the tablet.
There’s a 5MP camera at the back and a 1.2MP camera at the front. At time of availability, the MeMo still runs on Android 3.2 but it is said to be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Compared to the usual tablets, the Memo is slightly thick at 12.85mm and it weighs 400 grams.
In terms of specs, it isn’t really that ground breaking as the Transformer Prime but for those who are looking for something different, this might be worth considering. Overall it is a tablet + phone + remote headset + stylus combination, which is one of ASUS’s innovative hybrid tablet designs like the Transformer and PadFone.
For more information, head over to ASUS Product page. More product images after the break.
According to Notebook Italia, the refreshed tablet will be making an appearance at CES and shall run on 1.2GHz dual-core snapdragon processor with 16GB to 64GB options. A 3D version is said to be available as well. With the Transformer Prime having the brushed aluminium body, we would expect the Eee Pad Memo to have a similar redesign as well.
Another device worth looking out is the ASUS Padfone which is expected to debut in February as well.
The ASUS Padfone wasn’t the only exciting device announced yesterday. Another Android tablet that was revealed is the ASUS Eee Pad Memo which is a 7″ tablet which brings a host of features for a tablet. As announced earlier at CES, the Eee Pad Memo runs on a 1.2GHz processor with Honeycomb.
So what’s new with this device? Firstly it comes with a unique looking remote/bluetooth headset which is what they call the MeMIC. While the tablet itself has a 3G SIM card slot, it is possible for the Eee Pad MeMO to make and receive calls while using the provided headset. At the bottom, there’s also a 3.5mm audio jack for a pair of headphones when listening to music.
On the tablet itself, the display pushes a rather high 1280×800 IPS display for a 7″ screen. That’s not all, the IPS screen offers 3D displays without the need of glasses. A capacitive stylus is also provided for the MeMO and it can be tucked in neatly into a silo at the side. No availability details are available but it is expected to be out sometime end of this year. Earlier on at CES, the pricing was said to be within the $499-$699 range (approx. RM1500-RM2100).
Head after the break for a hands-on video by Engadget.