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Tablets are taking over. Get used to it. Tablets are poised to surpass laptops by 2015, according to an IDC survey. ASUS has been in the thick of tablet production from the beginning and have placed some verifiable winners in our hands in recent years, notably the Nexus 7, one of the most popular tablets after the iPad.
The Kindle Fire has practically reinvented Amazon’s sales models—and there are tablets for every market—with business tablets like the Surface Pro, mid-range tablets for everyday use like the Transformer series, and even kid-centric tablets like the nabi Jr. and Archos GamePad.
Today, ASUS announced two new tablets in their MeMO lineup of affordable tablets. The ASUS MeMO pad HD 7 says it all in its name: a 7-inch capacitive screen tablet with an HD resolution of 1280 x 800. It’s an IPS screen with wider 170-degree viewing angles (fast becoming a standard for most tablets). It also features 8GB or 16GB of storage (thankfully, with a microSD slot for 32GB of extra storage, and 16GB of ASUS WebStorage), a 1.2MP front camera that can capture 720p HD video, and a lithium-polymer battery that ASUS claims can last for 10 hours of video playback. Some models will include a rear 5MP camera. They’ll be available in black, white, pink, or green.
But the real contender is the MeMO Pad FHD 10, which is aiming for the 10” tablet market, firmly held in check by the Apple iPad. It uses an Intel® Atom™ Z2560 1.6 GHz processor and Intel Hyper-Threading technology to power the 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display. And yes, that means it will play back video in full 1080p resolution.
It also includes a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear-facing camera. Other features touted by ASUS include 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, GPS and GLONASS navigation, and ASUS Miracast, which wirelessly connects the tablet to a Wi-Fi-enabled TV or projector to share movies, photos, and presentations. MeMO Pad HD 10 is configured with either 16GB or 32GB of storage and also features a microSD card slot. 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage is also included. Both MeMO Pads include ASUS SonicMaster audio and are configured with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
The ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 tablet will be available to retailers in July. The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 should be out by September.