Hungry for more ASUS IFA debuts? The company trucked out the two newest additions to its MeMO Pad tablet line, the 8 and 10, both budget devices set to arrive before the holidays. What all that actually means in terms of pricing and availability, however, the company’s not quite ready to say — though we assume that, at the very least, they’ll come in under flagship slates of similar size. Thankfully, however, ASUS did let us spend some time with both products.
The 8-inch device isn’t the highest-end mini-tablet we’ve seen, but the company’s done a good job building a solid-feeling slate. The front of the MeMO Pad 8 is extremely glossy — fine in normal indoor lighting, but when we took the tablet up on the roof to check out the panoramic view of Berlin, it was a bit more problematic. Above the 1,280 x 800 display, you’ll find a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and in the bottom bezel is a shiny silver ASUS logo.
The rear of the white version is glossy like the front. We quite preferred the matte backing on the red variant, which was also on display. Around back, you’ll find a 5-megapixel camera and a speaker grille that runs the length of the device. There’s a headphone jack, mic and micro-USB slot at top, with the power button and volume rocker on the right and a microSD slot on the left that’ll let you add to the 8GB of on-board storage. Inside is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a battery that should give you upwards of nine hours of life on a charge. We’ll reserve judgement on the 8 until we actually see a price, but all in all, it’s a nice-looking slate — and one that’s easily to hold in one hand.
Of course that last part can’t quite be said about the MeMO Pad 10, which is basically a watered-down version of the MeMo Pad FHD 10 announced at Computex. A number of specs carry over from the 8-inch version we just handled, including the 1,280 x 800 screen resolution and 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Interestingly, too, while the front-facing camera is still 1.2-megapixels, the rear has been downgraded to two. There are, naturally, various improvements over the original, including 16GB of built-in storage and slightly longer battery life (up to 9.5 hours, says ASUS).
The power button and a microphone sit up top with the volume rocker and micro-USB slot on the right side and microSD and headphone jack on the left. You’ll also find two small speaker grilles on opposite sides of the back, which get surprisingly loud. Both devices are due out before the end of the year but for now, enjoy the hands-on photos and video.
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