Asus MemoPad Series: Quick Review Roundup

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Asus MemoPad Series: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, glad to see you back on this site!

Earlier, i’ve just showed you a bunch of Asus tablets under the Asus Transformer line that ship with Tegra processor.

Not to mention, i’ve also already given you the quick roundup of Asus’ unique hybrid tablets under the Asus Padfone family, consisting in 4 different models.

However, as i already mentioned in my previous posts, Asus actually still has a bunch of other tablets under the different series, which i’m about to share to you right now.

This tablet series actually contradicts with Asus Transformer line which is focused more as productivity-dedicated tablet series.

Okay then, without further long introduction, the other tablets from Asus that i’m really excited to share to you today are coming from Asus MemoPad series.

Similar just like Asus Transformer line, Asus MemoPad series also comes in varied different models, ranging from the high-end to the low-end category, from large size to small size of screen.

However, given that most of these tablets are mainly intended only as media-consumption devices, not pure gaming tablets, then the gaming performance of these devices might not be that great especially compared to other Asus Transformer line that ships with Tegra processor – which i’ve already shared to you earlier.

Okay then, if you’re interested to learn more about some of these Asus MemoPad tablets, then here you go, my quick roundup of Asus MemoPad line. Enjoy!

Asus MemoPad ME172

I think the tablet i’m about to share to you right now is one of Asus MemoPad tablets that i believe as a great gaming tablet.

And that comes at no surprise given that this tablet is powered by Mali-400 GPU, which has been proved its superiority in graphical performance, especially for gaming.

This one is Asus MemoPad ME172, a basic 7-inch Android tablet released in 2013 of January.

However, as a 2013-released tablet, there is not much to write home about on this tablet, especially on its hardware specs.

Asus MemoPad ME172First of all, on the screen department, the 7-inch display of this device only sports low-resolution 1024x600 pixels, which is already considered as really low, especially for today’s tablet market.

So basically, it doesn’t look as sharp as other 7-inch tablets with 720p display.

But the good thing is, this tablet is only armed with a rather low-power 1GHz processor, which is more than adequate to handle that low-resolution screen.

In terms of overall specs, Asus MemoPad ME172 comes with a single-core VIA WM8950 processor, 1GB of RAM, Mali-400 GPU, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 8/16GB of internal storage, 1MP front-facing camera, WiFi, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, a removable 4270mAh battery, a promised 7 hours of battery life for enjoying media contents and more.

Unfortunately, there are no 3G, Bluetooth, Radio, GPS, Java and rear-facing camera.

So despite that pretty great Mali-400 GPU, it’s really obvious that this tablet really lacks on many sectors.

But you’ll probably get this tablet at even lowest price tag.

So there is still one good thing to reap the benefit from.

And that is its good gaming performance – if not great -, which i believe could handle games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA Vice City or Need for Speed Most Wanted, although the Asphalt game only runs smoothly in medium graphics setting.

Asus MemoPad 8

Asus MemoPad 8If the Asus tablet aforementioned above doesn’t make you quite impressed, especially in terms of specs, then you might want to switch your target to this one.

This Asus tablet is Asus MemoPad 8. And as the name of this tablet applies, it is indeed an 8-inch tablet sporting the 720p resolution.

Its performance is handled by a quad-core 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and 1GB of RAM. So it’s safe to say that this tablet basically will perform smoothly for some basic things.

However, for gaming, i’m not really sure about that because there is no information about what GPU that Asus puts beneath this tablet.

But i believe its quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM are more than adequate to handle many heavy performing games on the market, especially the ones released in 2012.

When it comes to specs, there actually are some great things to be liked from this device.

First of all, its screen, which is an 8-inches and sporting the 1280x800 pixel resolution.

Meanwhile, there are also the 5MP camera on the back and 1.2MP on the front, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 16G of internal storage, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, Java and 3950mAh power battery inside.

Unfortunately, there are no SIM card slot, radio and GPS on this tablet. But the promised 9 hours of battery life for enjoying multimedia could be the other great thing found on this device.

Asus MemoPad 10FHD

Asus MemoPad 10FHDAn Intel-Atom-powered tablet is coming from Asus camp. And this one is a large 10.1-inch tablet. Introducing to you, Asus MemoPad 10FHD.

As the name of this tablet applies, it’s really obvious that this tablet is packing a full HD display, sporting the 1920x1200 pixel resolution.

However, that is not the only thing that should be highlighted from this device.

The other thing that makes this device pretty interesting is actually its processor, which is using an Intel Atom Z2560 processor clocked at 1.6GHz per core.

So this tablet should excel in performance, especially for doing some basic tasks.

And thanks to its huge 2GB of RAM, opening many apps at once won’t create such a massive impact to its overall performance.

As far as the gaming performance goes, i think this tablet can be considered as pretty good performer, if not great.

It’s powered by PowerVR SGX540, which probably is not that great in handling some of the latest and most graphically demanding games around the market today.

However, this GPU is still a great GPU though – as seen on iPhone 4 if i’m not mistaken (or iPad 3?). So it handles many heavy games like Need for Speed Most Wanted or PES 2012 in buttery smooth performance.

But given its full HD display, i don’t think this tablet is capable to perform smoothly especially when faced with more graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas.

On this tablet, there are also microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, 5MP and 1.2MP cameras back and front respectively and a non-removable 6760mAh battery (25Wh).

Asus MemoPad 7HD

Asus MemoPad 7HDThere is this Asus tablet that used to really impress me a lot (but not so much right now). That tablet is Asus MemoPad 7HD.

As its model name suggests, Asus MemoPad 7HD is indeed a 7-inch tablet sporting the HD 720p (1280x800 pixels) display.

However, compared to the tablet i just shown you above - Asus MemoPad 10 FHD -, this 7-inch tablet is powered by a more powerful PowerVR SGX544 GPU and a quad-core MediaTek MT8125 processor clocked at 1.2GHz per core, accompanied with 1GB of RAM.

So basically – on paper – this tablet is great in terms of performance.

But in the real world quality – especially in gaming performance – unfortunately i’ve gotta to say that Asus MemoPad 7HD is not that great for playing games. It runs really slow and laggy when faced with games like GTA Vice City or Modern Combat 4.

So i don’t think this tablet is capable to handle Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas so smoothly, even in medium graphics setting, let alone in full highest graphics.

But despite that lame gaming performance, there are still some great benefits of owning this tablet. First of all, its screen.

Based on CNET, Asus MemoPad 7HD impressively has a great quality display, with vivid and vibrant colors, probably close to being on the over-saturated level.

So the colors look great and popping out from the screen.

And then, according to PhoneArene (if i’m not mistaken), the camera of this device – which is 5MP – is able to take some decent quality shots – despite being a $150 tablet.

So i believe this tablet still deserves to get in the heart of many tablet shoppers out there, especially the ones looking for a media-consumption device at low cost.

Asus FonePad 6

Asus FonePad 6Another Intel-Atom-powered tablet is coming again from Asus. And this one is Asus FonePad 6, which obviously is a 6-inch tablet.

The first great thing found on this tablet is its screen, which is a full HD display sporting the 1920x1080 pixel resolution.

So it definitely looks sharp and crisp, especially given that all of those pixels are crammed on a much tinier 6-inch display.

So reading books/magazines or watching videos will be a pleasant thing to enjoy from this device.

As mentioned above, Asus FonePad 6 is powered by an Intel Atom processor. This processor is a dual-core Z2580 and clocked at a staggering 2GHz per core.

So the performance of this device is going to be fast and smooth, especially for doing some basic tasks.

There is also the SIM card slot, which is really useful especially for those active people who love using their tablet on-the-go outside their house.

Its graphical performance is handled by PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU (similar just like the one found inside the iPhone 5), while its memory provides 2GB of RAM. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box.

And there are 8MP and 2MP cameras back and front, NFC, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, 3200mAh power battery (15Wh) - providing 23 hours for talk time and 344 hours for stand by on 3G.

However, when it comes to gaming performance, this tablet is probably not that great, especially when handling many latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas, which obvious won’t run smoothly even in medium graphics setting, due to its 1080p display mostly.

But despite all that, i personally think that Asus FonePad 6 is still a great tablet – or giant phone if you would.

It has a complete set of specs and it also has 3G connectivity.

Conclusion

Well, that’s it for now about Asus MemoPad tablets (and also Asus FonePad series of course).

I believe besides these tablets – not to mention other Asus tablets which i’ve already shown to you earlier -, there are some other tablets from this company that i haven’t reviewed yet on this website.

So if you want to keep updated in the near future with some other tablets under the Asus MemoPad series, be sure to bookmark this page for further read.

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