The Asus Memo 172V ships in April for only $149

Look for the ME172V to sport a Nexus 7-like apps tray interface.

(Credit: Asus)

Asus set to enter the sub-$ 200 7-inch tablet market with the announcement of a memorial ME172V Pad, from $ 149 for an April release in the U.S., said the board is running ANDROID 4.1
A year ago, after I was positively giddy about the $ 250 Asus 2012 ces the 370T’s prospects. He eventually had a tablet features off and released as a Google Nexus 7 for $ 50 less.

In ME172V seems further off 370T’s features offer tablet that can compete not only like $ 159 Kindle Fire, but the flood of affordable frames from Polaroid and Alcatel announced last week at ces 2013.

Nexus 7 is not

In ME172V ships with ANDROID 4.1 (jelly Bean) with the 7-inch 1,024 x600 screen resolution and 140 degree viewing angle. That’s not up to the corner of the IPS standards, so expect less capable panel. Maxing out at about 350 candles per square meters ME172V brightness does get high enough, however.

In ships with either 8GB or 16GB ME172V configurations. For all the lovers out there you store expansion – which, honestly, seems to be with all of you -, you’ll be happy to know that ME172V is expandable by up to 32GB of storage, his way is built-in microSD slot.

Asus today made it clear that it will not be a gaming or graphics powerhouse ME172V stating, “Our focus is on delivering the best performance per Watt for this device, and the soft and fluid user experience at a very affordable price, not on winning benchmarks”.

And he is not kidding. Table houses a 1GHz VIA WM8950 CPU with Mali-400 GPU. As a comparison, 10 Nexus ships with Mali T604 GPU orders of magnitude faster and more capable as graphically uses four GPU cores, compared to the one in the core ME172V. This way, they looking for an available, the gaming powerhouse for $ 150 or less will need to keep looking back at / look for.

A few more details

Table includes a 1-megapixel camera, and is capable of 720p HD video capture of a hole in the front with af/2.0 to 30fps. Other features include 1GB of Ram, 802.11b/g/n Wi-FI, a headphone jack, microphone, a micro USB port, and a gyroscope.

Asus quotes battery life at 7 hours and at 0.81 pounds, the board felt pretty light in your hands.

First thoughts

There’s a lack of will, and the war of 2013, sub-$ 200 devices to be more apt to see them in one panel ANDROID starves. But $ 149 is a compelling alternative to a nexus 7 ME172V long as the resolution and gaming are not high on your priority list, that, however, competing tablets from Polaroid and Alcatel to offer more for less, still in some cases. Expect Asus ME172V in April in the U.S.


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