Asus me302c: a premium Android tablet running on Intel Atom processor

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Asus me302c
Asus me302c or known popularly as Asus Memo Pad 10 FHD, is definitely a premium quality tablet that asus brings to the market. It looks great on paper and it also doesn't seem to disappoint when it comes to performance
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Yesterday, i’ve already showed you one of Asus tablets that i’ve been really excited to talk about on this website

And that was Asus me173x.
Asus me302c
This time, the next tablet that i’m really interested to bring up in this review is Asus me302c.

As its name suggests, it’s really clear that Asus me302c is a 10-inch tablet sporting an Full HD display. And yes, turns out it’s true.

This 10-inch tablet is packing that Full HD 1080p display.

However, besides that 1080p display, there are some other interesting goodies that you can get out of this tablet.

But the important question is, is Asus me302c a great gaming tablet? We’re about to find out more about that answer in this review.

Introduction

Asus me302c is a 10-inch tablet packing that sharp looking 1920x1200 pixel display or full HD 1080p display, which has become today’s standards even for 7-inch tablet.

However, what makes me really interested to share my personal view and opinion about this tablet is the overall specs of this device.
Asus me302c

Design

Asus Memo Pad 10 FHD ReviewThe first thing to notice from Asus me302c is definitely its premium looking design.

Unlike the smaller cheaper version, ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD, i think Asus me302c has the same size of bezels around the screen, which are huge but still acceptable for a 10-inch tablet.

I also like the rounded edges of this tablet, which are not fully rounded compared to other chubby tablets, say, Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 or Google Nexus 10.

This is great because it makes the tablet look more elegant and premium in its class, although not as premium as iPad Air of course.

Overall, the design of Asus me302c is not a huge departure from the smaller version, ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD.

They both look kind of bit similar at the glance. The back cover of this tablet also looks like it’s designed with the same material as ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD.

This means that Asus me302c also looks a bit similar with the first-gen Google Nexus 7, released a year ago, which is great because that Google’s tablet has been one of the most loved tablets by many tech review sites around the net, thanks to its nice material on the back cover, which feels nice and comfortable to hold.

So i believe the experience of using and especially holding Asus me302c, will be similar with holding the Google Nexus 7.

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  • Released 2013, August
  • IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels (~226 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 16/32 GB storage
  • No GPRS
  • No SIM
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
  • Bluetooth
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java
  • USB
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera autofocus
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 6760mAh battery (25Wh)
As the 10-inch version tablet in ASUS MeMO Pad series, then it’s no surprise that Asus me302c inherits some of the internals found on the smaller version, ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD.

However, given that Asus me302c is a 10-inch Full HD screened tablet, i don’t think that the spec sheet of this tablet will not be on the same level with the smaller version.

First of all, the display. Asus me302c is packing a 10-inch screen with the resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, which is a 1080p display and higher than the screen of ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD that only sports a 7-inch 720p display.

So when it comes to sharpness and clarity of screen, without a doubt, hands down to the Asus me302c.

Besides the 1080p display, there are some other sectors on Asus me302c that are getting bumped up with higher quality specs than ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD, like:
  • its CPU that is using a 1,6GHz Intel Atom processor (versus the MediaTek quad-core on ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD),
  • its 2GB RAM (compared to 1GB RAM on ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD),
  • its bigger 6760mAh battery capacity
  • and some other more.

Interestingly though, despite having all bunch of upgrades on many sectors, Asus me302c surprisingly is only powered by PowerVR SGX540 GPU, while its younger brother, ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD, is getting PowerVR SGX544 GPU, which is higher than the one found on the 10-inch version.

This is actually weird because at first, i thought this 10-inch tablet would be so much better than ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD, especially in term of spec sheet.

So when it comes to performance and gaming capability, i think these 2 tablets will likely have the same level of performance. But we’ll get more on that later.

Screen

As mentioned above, Asus me302c is sporting a 10-inch screen with the resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, or known as 1080p display.

Well, this is great because everything that we throw on its screen will look insanely sharp and crisp in naked eyes.

However, the display quality of this tablet will not be the same with other rivals like iPad Air, iPad mini 2, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition), Google Nexus 10 or even the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX.

The good news is, having a 1920x1200 pixel screen can be considered as great and insanely sharp, although today’s standards of 10-inch tablets has all started to shift to 2560x1600 pixel display, like some of the tablets aforementioned above.

Besides, Asus me302c is an affordable 10-inch tablet in its class, so you can’t complain on the lack of pixels compared to other today’s high-end 10-inch tablets out there, right?

User Interface

Given that Asus me302c is released under the flag ASUS MeMO Pad series, then i believe the User Interface or UI of this tablet will not be a huge departure from the 7-inch ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD.

As we’ve seen on many Asus tablets, the UI of Asus tablets mostly is not very far different than the UI of stock Android OS, which is a simple homescreen that can be filled with widgets, apps and shortcuts.

So that means, the whole performance of this tablet will be smooth and fast in daily use.

The good thing about the UI of Asus tablets is that, it comes with some useful pre-loaded apps and features that can’t be found on the stock Android UI.

For an example is the multi-window mode which allows you to open, say, calculator or video player apps and then float them on the screen while doing other stuff, like browsing the web or reading book maybe.

This is actually one of my favorite features of any Android tablets out there.

Performance

When it comes to performance, just like ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD, there are the good and the bad things about Asus me302c.

First, let me start with the good thing, okay?. As mentioned above, Asus me302c is packing a dual-core Intel Atom CPU clocked at 1.6GHz per core, 2GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

These specs no doubt will help deliver such an outstanding performance to the tablet, especially given that the CPU is made by Intel, which is one of the biggest chip makers in the world.

Watching movies, browsing the web and the most importantly, playing games, will be extremely fast and smooth, especially thanks to its simple UI.

Not to mention, multitasking many apps at once will never decrease the performance of this tablet, thanks to its 2GB of RAM.

But the problem is, its GPU. The GPU of Asus me302c is PowerVR SGX540.

Weirdly, the smaller version ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD comes with much higher GPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

And this means, when it comes to graphic processing power, no doubt that its smaller brother will be slightly better than Asus me302c. And this will be noticed mostly on the gaming performance.

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In term of gaming performance, Asus me302c can be considered as pretty great in its class.

As i mentioned earlier, this tablet is packing some really great hardware specs, from a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

No doubt, with this type specs, as the owner, you’ll find no problem when using this tablet to play some older heavy graphics intense games released around a year ago.

As a matter of fact, i think Asus me302c has all what it takes to play some high-performing games like Asphalt 7: Heat, GTA IV, ShadowGun or even Dead Trigger 1 in buttery smooth performance and in medium to high graphics setting, if not full graphics.

However, when faced with some latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA Vice City and the most recent release, GTA San Andreas or GT Racing 2, then i don’t think this tablet is capable to handle these games in smoothly performance.

Actually, I’ve already seen the smaller ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD struggle really bad to run graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 or GTA Vice City.

I know these games can be played on that 7-inch tablet, but they run really laggy even in medium or low graphics setting.

And given the fact that ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD comes with a much higher PowerVR SGX544 GPU versus the lower PowerVR SGX540 GPU on Asus me302c, then it will be easy to guess that the gaming performance of Asus me302c 10 will not be as great as the smaller version.

The good news is, Asus me302c is packing a dual-core Intel Atom processor, compared to the cheap quad-core CPU from MediaTek.

And i know that the cheap processors from MediaTek, even the quad-core ones, are not on par with other low-cost processors from Qualcomm or NVIDIA, like Snapdragon 400 or Tegra 4.

So with that being said, i think the Intel Atom CPU on Asus me302c will really help a lot in making the gaming performance of this tablet to be much better than ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD, although it will never be as great as Tegra Note, Kindle Fire 7 HDX or Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition).



Camera

One of the things that could really make this tablet stand out is probably its camera. Asus me302c comes with a 5MP camera, the same one found on its younger brother, ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD (or sister maybe?).

And based on what i’ve seen on some video reviews on YouTube, the 5MP camera on ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD surprisingly is able to take some decent shots and videos.

However, what really makes me impressed with the camera on this 7-inch tablet is that, the photo quality taken with ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD amazingly is better than the photo quality taken with the camera of Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition), whereas they both have the same 5MP sensor.

Not to mention, they both are manufactured by no other than Asus itself. So that’s the reason to believe that the 5MP camera on Asus me302c will likely be as great as ASUS MeMO Pad 7HD, given that they both are released under the same flag, while Google Nexus 7 is under Nexus flag.

Battery Life

The other good thing on this tablet is Asus me302c is packing a 6070mAh power battery inside.

It may not be the biggest battery capacity on 10-inch tablet market, like the 8020mAh battery on iPad Air or 9000mAh power battery on Google Nexus 10 or Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10, but still, having a tablet with a battery over 6000mAh is still considered as great though.

So you probably will find this tablet to last more than 15 hours in mixed usage, like for browsing the net, watching movies, reading books or magazines, listening music or playing some games in normal non-crazy usage.

However, given that Asus me302c comes with a full HD 1920x1200 pixel display, then i think this sector will drain the battery the most.

So if you intend to use this tablet for doing some heavy stuff in long long hours without resting, you can expect to see this tablet to last around 5 to 7 hours in hardcore intense usage, like for playing some games in the row or watching HD movies in marathon.

But this is still pretty good considering it is a 10-inch tablet sporting a 1080p resolution, if not great.

User Opinions

So to sum this up, i already fell in love with the smaller ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD.

So i have no reason to not feel the same way with the 10-inch version of that tablet, Asus me302c.

I’m glad to see that some of the specs of this tablet are getting bumped up to higher level than the 7-inch version, like its bigger and higher-resolution 1080p display, bigger battery, better processor, bigger RAM and many other things that are just better than the 7-inch ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD.

For gaming performance, this tablet may struggle really hard when faced with some latest games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dead Trigger 2, GTA Vice City or GTA San Andreas even in medium graphics setting.

However, for some older graphics intense games like Dead Trigger 1, ShadowGun, Asphalt 7: Heat or Temple Run 2, then Asus me302c will have no problem to handle these games even in full graphics setting.

I also really the camera on this tablet. Just like the 5MP camera on the 7-inch ASUS MeMO Pad 7 HD, i think the camera Asus me302c is also able to take some decent shots and videos.

It may not be as sharp and great as the 5MP camera on iPad Air, but still, at least its camera is better than the 5MP camera on the Google Nexus 7 (2013 edition), right?

So you can’t complain with that.

I’m also glad to see that this tablet already adopts the 1080p display, making it on par with other rivals like Google Nexus or Kindle Fire 7 HDX.

So things like browsing the web, watching HD movies, reading books or playing games without a doubt will look insanely sharp and crisp on this 10-inch tablet.

So in conclusion, Asus me302c is no doubt a great tablet in its class.

It may not be on par with the likes of iPad Air, Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 or Sony Xperia Tablet Z, but still though, if Asus prices this tablet right, which is lower than the high-end rivals, then i believe this tablet will do great in 10-inch tablet market.

And as for you, if you’re interested to buy this tablet, then don't hesitate.

It has a great display, great camera, great software and features, smooth experience, good gaming performance (if not great) and solid battery life. So you’ll make no mistake if you go for this tablet.

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