By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 03, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
ASUS is expanding its MeMo pad lineup with two new Android slates: the MeMo Pad HD 7 and the MeMo Pad FHD 10.
The 7-inch MeMo Pad HD 7 comes as a newer, better version of the popular Nexus 7 tablet and its highly competitive price aims to challenge the iPad Mini. An 8GB version aimed at emerging markets for now will cost just $129, while the 16GB version launching in the U.S. and elsewhere comes in at $149.
The 7-inch slate packs a Cortex A7 quad-core processor and an IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. While the tablet is largely seen as a Nexus 7 refresh, it does have at least two major differences over the Google slate. First off, the MeMo Pad HD 7 has a 5-megapixel camera on the back and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. Another notable difference is the micro SD card slot for expandable memory, along with 16GB of ASUS WebStorage, available for free in the first year.
Other features include stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology and a lithium polymer battery that allegedly lasts for up to 10 hours with 720p video playback. The HD 7 will be available in black, white, green and pink color options when it launches in July.
The 10-inch MeMo Pad FHD 10, meanwhile, packs a new Intel Atom Z2560 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and an IPS display with a full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. It features the same SonicMaster audio technology for enhanced output, a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus capable of 1080p video recording and a 1.2-megapixel front shooter.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS and GLONASS navigation. Users will also be able to wirelessly connect the ASUS MeMo Pad FHD 10 to a Wi-Fi-enabled TV or projector via Miracast. The tablet will come in 16GB and 32GB models, with additional memory possible via a micro SD card. The 10-inch Android tablet will be available in Royal Blue, Silk White and Vivid Pink.
The press release also mentions accessories, in this case consisting of a protective TransCover with microfiber interior. Both tablets will come with this cover, which can also serve as a stand when folded to "prop up the tablet at the perfect angles." The MeMo Pad TransCover will be available in blue, white, black and pink for the 7-inch slate and blue, pink and green for the 10-inch tablet.
The MeMo Pad HD 7 is running on the older Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will launch in July, while the MeMo Pad FHD 10 is expected to launch in September with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board. ASUS has yet to confirm pricing and availability for the 10-inch slate. Check out ASUS' press release for more details.
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