Asus, the manufacturer which produces the Nexus 7 for Google, has announced a new tablet of its own, and it’s targeted at the same group of people who would be considering the Google tablet. Named the MemoPad HD7, it’s not only got a better specification than the Nexus 7, but it’s cheaper too.
Announced at the Computex 2013 trade show this week, the MemoPad HD7 has a 7-inch IPS touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, which is the same as the Nexus 7. Inside is a quad-core processor, although it’s not a Tegra chip, and the tablet runs Android Jelly Bean. Other features include stereo speakers and a battery expected to return up to 10 hours of life before needing a recharge.
Where it improves on the Nexus 7 is by including a 5 megapixel rear camera, a welcome feature for many, plus it has the same 1.2 megapixel camera above the screen, all ready for video calls. Asus will sell two different versions of the MemoPad HD7, one with 8GB and the other with 16GB of internal storage, plus the tablet has a microSD card slot to increase this at a later date.
Asus intends to sell the 8GB version in emerging markets around the world for just $130, while the 16GB model will be getting a worldwide release at $150. While UK prices haven’t been confirmed, and nor has an arrival date, the 16GB model could be priced at around £100 if we go by today’s currency conversion rates. That’s £60 less than the Nexus 7, which was already a bargain! A July shipping date has been hinted at by Asus, and we’re hoping it will confirm a UK release for the MemoPad HD7 soon.