Asus announces MeMO Pad 7 to take on Acer’s Iconia B1 in low-end Android tablet war

Asus today announced the MeMOPad 7 to answer Acer’s Iconia B1 amid rumors that it is working on a refresh of the Nexus 7 with Google that would sport a 7-inch HD display. Like Acer, Asus has stripped down the hardware to make it possible to be priced competitively, opting for a Via single-core processor clocked at 1GHz while Acer opted for a 1.2GHz dual-core Mediatek processor. However, like the Nexus 7, it comes with 1GB of RAM but a slightly lower resolution 1024×600 pixel display.

The MeMO Pad 7 comes in 8GB and 16GB variants but will only have Wi-Fi connectivity with no 3G option. Earlier rumors have indicated it will be priced at $149. For the sake of reference, Acer launched the Iconia B1 in India for Rs 7,999, which was also priced at $149 internationally. Other features of the MeMO Pad 7 include a 1-megapixel front facing camera and a microSD card slot. It comes with the same 4,325 mAh battery as the Nexus 7 and claims to provide up to 7 hours of usage. It runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.1.

The Asus MeMO Pad 7 does undercut the Nexus 7 but we are not sure at the moment whether the decision to go with a 1GHz single-core processor will make the tablet laggy and slow, but it does not look good on paper, considering Acer has a faster dual-core processor. We are not sure if Asus will launch it in India or not. After all, we are talking about the same company that launched the $199 Nexus 7 for almost Rs 20,000!