The last time we heard about the ASUS Eee Pad Memo 171 was at CES 2012, with it being shown off along with the MeMo 370T (now rumored to be the Nexus tablet). Things have been quiet since then, but it turns out that if you’re living in Taiwan, you can buy one right now. Netbooknews managed to get their hands on the 7-inch tablet and took it for a spin, giving a video demo of the device as well as running the customary benchmarks.
A group certifying who-knows-what on devices all the way over the ocean by the name of Quietek have revealed a brand new tablet from ASUS. This tablet features many of the same qualities that the last couple of ASUS Eee Pad Transformer models have had in tact, but takes a wholly new form on the back panel. As you can see from the photos this device is prepared to deliver a 10.1-inch display experience with a lovely maroon plastic back for optimal signal transmission and a tried-and-true display size for your eyes.
NVIDIA and ASUS have announced not only the first official (according to Google) Ice Cream Sandwich tablet this week with the Transformer Prime (its release from today,) they've come out with the real release of the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO, a 7-inch tablet with a quad-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, all of it for a mere $249. This is the real iPad killer, as that term has become so common, and here it is. The display is a lovely 7-inch WXGA resolution IPS panel, there's 1GB of memory inside, and it has an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor on the inside.
ASUS has officially launched the Eee Pad MeMO ME370T, a 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution IPS Android 4.0 tablet with a capacitive stylus for note-taking duties. Built around a Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the MeMO has WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and 1080p Full HD video recording on the back, along with a 1.2-megapixel front cam.
ASUS has quietly confirmed its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedule for the original Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider, promising Android 4.0 will be pushed out as soon as possible after the January 12 Transformer Prime launch. The exact date of the upgrade is yet to be decided, but ASUS says it will be an OTA process rather than requiring the Eee Pad to be plugged into a computer to install it.
An image supposedly showing ASUS' 7-inch Eee Pad tablet, reportedly set to launch at CES 2012 next week, has emerged, along with suggestions that the more compact slate will borrow the detachable battery-keyboard form-factor of the Transformer Prime. The image, caught by NotebookItalia, shows a device very much in keeping with the Prime's aesthetic, and different from what we've seen of the Eee Pad MeMo also expected this month.
ASUS has joined the pre-CES netbook preview bandwagon with some teaser shots of its own attempt to revive the netbook segment, the ASUS Eee PC Flare. Following on from Lenovo's Cedar Trail based IdeaPad S110, the Eee PC Flare builds on designs ASUS previewed at Computex 2011, NotebookItalia reports, with styling cues borrowed from ultrabooks and a choice of Intel and AMD processors.
There have been more than a few iterations of the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo since it was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show last year. Asus touted a 3D display with a stylus-equipped touch interface. Then, later on, they dropped the 3D altogether. Now, Asus apparently had decided upon no more changes, and will evidently be dropping the 7-inch tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this upcoming January. Let's hope that Asus actually sticks to their words, and stop this fickleness.
This week we both saw the official announcement of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor that would power it - and today we get a special treat from ZTOP: a hands-on treatment complete with a size comparison to the comparatively hefty iPhone 4 (or the iPhone 4S). What kind of comparison is that, you might ask, why compare a tablet to a smartphone? Because the iPhone was sitting on the guy's desk and he had an ASUS Transformer Prime to take some photos of, that's why. Also behold a couple of videos from the device which show off some new apps as well.