HP Slate 7 Extreme VS Asus MemoPad 7HD: This is when Tegra 4 Tablet meets MediaTek-powered Slate

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January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
HP Slate 7 Extreme VS Asus MemoPad 7HD: This is when Tegra 4 Tablet meets MediaTek-powered SlateHi guys, welcome back to this site!

From all the tablets that i have reviewed on this website since last year, i personally think that HP Slate 7 Extreme is the one that really impresses me a lot in many ways.

I know that this HP’s slate is already considered as so-last-year especially compared to the new-gen tablets that already jump to 1080p bandwagon.

However, on many parts of this device, i still believe that HP Slate 7 Extreme could be a better performer even than the other rivals that already adopt 1080p display.

And this is actually what i was trying to tell you in my previous comparison review between HP Slate 7 Extreme vs Google Nexus 7 (2013).

This Google-branded tablet may have something to brag – like its razor-sharp full HD display, bigger 2GB of RAM, newer Android 4.3 build, not to mention the support of OPEN GL ES 3.0 out of the box – as opposed to the ‘only’ 720p screen, 1GB of RAM and older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on HP Slate 7 Extreme.

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However, i don’t think the superiority of Google’s tablet on these sectors can be taken into account as the way to make a final conclusion that Google Nexus 7 is a better tablet than HP Slate 7 Extreme.

Well – that’s so wrong.

HP Slate 7 Extreme is still a decent quality tablet.

In fact, if you read again my final conclusion of that comparison review, i even thought that HP Slate 7 Extreme was a better all-around tablet than Google Nexus 7 – despite having lower resolution screen, smaller RAM and older Android build.

HP Slate 7 Extreme has so many great things to offer to many tablet shoppers out there than Google Nexus 7.
  • It has a better gaming performance than Google Nexus 7,
  • it has the stylus (that even matches the S-Pen of Samsung GALAXY Note),
  • it has better cameras (based on many reviews),
  • it has much louder sound speaker (thanks to dual-speaker grilles on the front side)
  • and pretty much everything about this tablet – in my opinion – is better than Google’s tablet.
Not to mention, there is also microSD card on HP’s tablet, which is nowhere to be found on Google Nexus 7.

This is why, today, after showing you the comparison review of HP Slate 7 Extreme vs Google Nexus 7, i still want to explore more about the comparison between this HP’s Tegra 4 tablet against other 7-inch rivals out there.

But today, it’s going to be Asus MemoPad 7 HD that gets its turn in this review.

Well, if you want to know about my personal thoughts and my comparison between these 2 awesome tablets, including my take on their gaming performance, then here you go, my comparison review between HP Slate 7 Extreme VS Asus MemoPad.

Now prepare your popcorn and Diet Coke, and enjoy this review! Anyway, don't hesitate to share this review on Twitter or Facebook if you like what you're reading. :)

Introduction

As a Tegra 4 tablet, it’s no brainer that HP Slate 7 Extreme is more superior than Asus MemoPad 7HD. And that’s true because this HP’s tablet is more powerful than Asus MemoPad 7 HD, especially on the sector of performance.

However, i also think that Asus’ tablet is still a good performer tablet especially given that Asus MemoPad 7HD only costs $150, which is insanely cheap for a decent tablet that has great 720p display, good cameras and some new added Android features made by Asus, although its design is not something to write home about.

Comparing between HP Slate 7 Extreme vs Asus MemoPad 7HD is actually not really fair especially because both tablets are released in 2 entirely different price segments - HP Slate 7 Extreme is on $200 tablet market, while Asus MemoPad 7HD is deployed on $150 low-end category.

Not to mention, both tablets are also 2 different category tablets though - HP Slate 7 Extreme is a note-taking device, while Asus MemoPad 7HD is a pure media-consumption tablet.

But even so, i’m still interested to bring up some of the great things between these 2 tablets and compare them all together side-by-side.

I believe it would be awesome to explore more about these tablets and determine which one is more superior on each sector in this review – like display, UI, gaming performance, camera, design and many more.

Besides, comparing these tablets might be a good idea in order to help you decide which one of these 2 tablets that you should choose according to your specific needs and budget as well.

So here comes the questions: with all of the higher-grade specs on HP Slate 7 Extreme compared to Asus MemoPad 7HD, does this HP’s tablet deserve to take the crown as the best gaming tablet in this review?

Do these tablets still deserve to be positioned alongside other rivals on today’s tablet market?

Which one is worth to buy?

Is it HP Slate 7 Extreme or Asus MemoPad 7HD?

These questions will get the answers in my final conclusion of this review. So be sure to keep reading!

Design

As far as the design goes, both tablets actually have their own identity and characteristic one to another.

HP Slate 7 Extreme looks really awesome with its HTC-One design with dual-front-speaker grilles, while Asus MemoPad 7HD looks really generic just like any other regular Android tablets out there.

So if there is any design award between these 2 tablets, then HP Slate 7 Extreme is definitely the one that takes the crown. It’s just no brainer.

Asus MemoPad 7HD looks really cheap with its glossy plastic finish all over the place.

And yes – it also feels really cheap on hands, and there’s actually some part of the device on its back that has some weird curved shape on the edge – which is not very convenient to hold (according to CNET).

HP Slate 7 Extreme
HP Slate 7 Extreme

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HP Slate 7 Extreme
Asus MemoPad 7HD
Asus MemoPad 7HD

Meanwhile, HP Slate 7 Extreme with its design just looks and feels great on hands.

It looks really elegant with the dual-front-speaker grilles, and its rear-cover is also really comfortable to hold (but not anymore when the device gets hotter).

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HP Slate 7 ExtremeAsus MemoPad 7HD
No SIM
Released December 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, (~216 ppi pixel density)
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Nvidia Tegra 4 Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 CPU
1 GB RAM
5 MP rear-facing camera, autofocus, HDR
VGA front-facing camera
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage,
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
No Radio
GPS
HDMI port
Java
Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
Talk time (multimedia): for up to 10 hours 30 min
No SIM
Released July 2013
7.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels (~216 ppi pixel density)
Quad-core Mediatek MT8125 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1 GB RAM
Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
16 GB Internal storage
5 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus
1.2 MP front-facing camera
No GPRS
No EDGE
Wi-Fi 802.11
No Radio
GPS
Java MIDP emulator
Bluetooth
USB
Non-removable Li-Po battery

There’s no way Asus MemoPad 7HD can leap HP Slate 7 Extreme in terms of specs. This Asus tablet may share the same 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, microSD card for up to 32GB and powerful GPU.

However, in terms of entire thing between these 2 devices, then HP Slate 7 Extreme is definitely the one that is well prepared than Asus tablet.

It has a great stylus, more powerful gaming performance, better sound quality, better design, better cameras and many other more.

Screen

When it comes to sharpness, then both of these HP Slate 7 Extreme and Asus MemoPad 7HD are equally great on that sector.

They share the same 720p (1280x800 pixels) resolution on their 7-inch display, with the same -216 ppi.

Basically, these 2 tablets look great and sharp with their display.

So if you love watching HD movies, reading books/magazines, browsing the web or playing games, then any of these tablets will be more than happier to accommodate your hobbies perfectly well.

Text looks really crisp, image looks clear and everything on the screen is just pretty sharp for most of users.

User Interface

On the software side, these 2 tablets actually come with almost similar Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

However, given that HP Slate 7 Extreme was released a few months after the launch of Asus MemoPad 7HD, then its software build was the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, as opposed to the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean that comes pre-installed on Asus MemoPad 7HD (which can be upgraded to Android 4.2.2).

However, in terms of UI, both HP Slate 7 Extreme and Asus MemoPad 7HD actually has 2 different looking UIis.

HP Slate 7 Extreme is more convenient with the stock untouched Android UI, while Asus MemoPad 7HD gets more tweaks and some updated icons made by Asus.

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No one’s gonna argue that Tegra 4 processor found inside HP Slate 7 Extreme is a far better performer than the MediaTek quad-core MT8125 processor embedded beneath the Asus MemoPad 7HD. They both may have the same 4 set of cores on its CPU.

However, in the real live performance, HP Slate 7 Extreme is gonna blow this Asus tablet out of the water. Period and simple as that.

The most prominent reason to believe that is their clock speed.

The Tegra 4 of HP Slate 7 Extreme is clocked at 1.8GHz per core, resulting in much faster and more powerful performance than the lower 1.2GHz clock speed on the MediaTek processor of Asus MemoPad 7HD.

The noticeable difference of performance on both devices can also be seen when executing many tasks at the same time, with HP Slate 7 Extreme being the winner here.

The superiority of HP Slate 7 Extreme in terms of performance can also be found when handling games.

On HP Slate 7 Extreme, any games that you throw on it - even the latest titles like Modern Combat 5, Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas – all can be played perfectly and smoothly, even in full highest graphics.

On the other hand, the gaming performance of Asus MemoPad 7HD can be considered as mediocre compared to HP’s tablet.

This Asus’ tablet doesn’t even run smoothly when playing games like Modern Combat 4 or GTA Vice City, which both perform really laggy even in medium graphics setting.

This happens probably due to the 720p HD display on this tablet, which takes a lot of power from its processor and its Mediatek processor is not adequate to handle its 720p display.

So if you’re looking for a better gaming tablet between these 2 devices, you definitely should go with HP Slate 7 Extreme because it’s more powerful than Asus MemoPad 7HD.

And there are many great things found on this tablet that make its gaming experience much even better.

For example, like its dual-front-speaker grilles that make its sound quality much louder and clearer.

And then its Tegra Zone that provides THD games that are well-optimized for HP Slate 7 Extreme, so games on this tablet have more detailed graphics and visual effects than other non-Tegra devices.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of HP Slate 7 Extreme and Asus MemoPad 7HD, including what games that will run on these tablets, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

If you’re into photography, then you’re in the right hands with either HP Slate 7 Extreme or Asus MemoPad 7HD.

Both come with 5MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and both tablets are able to take some decent quality shots.

In fact, there are many tech sites and tech reviewers on YouTube that are impressed with the cameras of both devices, including PhoneArena and CNET.

The photo quality taken with these 2 tablets may not be on par with other flagship tablets like Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/S/Note or Apple iPads, however, the cameras of these 2 tablets are still great and still have the quality.

The most impressively is, especially Asus MemoPad 7HD, this tablet only costs $150 and the fact that its camera is not disappointing can be such a huge plus point for this tablet.

Battery Life

How long HP Slate 7 Extreme or Asus MemoPad 7HD can survive in one day will depend on what type of user are you.

If you’re a moderate user and gonna use any of these tablets to do some random things in one single day – like watching HD movies, browsing the web, listening to music, reading books/documents, checking emailts or Twitter updates and playing games -, then you can expect to see them survive in one solid day, of course on a full charge.

According to GSMarena, HP Slate 7 Extreme has a promised 11 hours of battery life.

However, if you’re planning to use any of these tablets to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen at all – like watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row -, then their battery life could drop drastically to just probably around 3 hours to 6 hours the longest.

And that means, as a power user, you will always be required to recharge the device twice every day.

My Personal Opinions

So in my final conclusion of this comparison review, for the several times, i think i’m gonna go again with HP Slate 7 Extreme as the winner here in this tablet comparison against Asus MemoPad 7HD.

And this is probably not really surprising given that HP Slate 7 Extreme is on the different higher level than Asus tablet, in terms of price range.

HP Slate 7 Extreme costs $199, while Asus MemoPad 7HD can be had for $150.

However, that’s not the only thing that makes HP Slate 7 Extreme more superior than Asus MemoPad 7HD.

As i’ve already mentioned above, there are many things that pack more punch for HP’s tablet than Asus MemoPad 7HD.

First of all, on its hardware department, this tablet is armed with Tegra 4 quad-core processor clocked higher at 1.8GHz, accompanied with 72-core GeForce ULP GPU and 1GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, on the blue side, Asus MemoPad 7HD seems like a lower-grade tablet with its MediaTek quad-core processor and PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

And the difference of performance between these 2 tablets can be seen clearly when handling some heavy games.

Asus MemoPad 7HD even suffers a lot when running games like NOVA 3 or GTA Vice City.

On the other hand, HP Slate 7 Extreme is a more powerful gaming tablet as it’s able to handle even the latest titles like Modern Combat 5, NOVA 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Horn, Need for Speed Most Wanted and even GTA San Andreas.

And more impressively, all of these games perform really fast and smooth, even in full highest graphics.

HP Slate 7 Extreme also has some other things to brag in front of Asus MemoPad 7HD. And one of them is its stylus that even matches the writing/drawing experience and quality of S-Pen on Samsung GALAXY Note.

Not only can you take simple notes with this stylus, but you can even draw some professional paintings out of it.

Besides this stylus, HP Slate 7 Extreme is also a much better tablet in terms of speaker sound quality. And that’s thanks to its dual-front-speaker grilles that produce really loud and clear sound.

There is also Tegra Zone (which has been changed now to NVIDIA Hub), where you’ll be able to find a plenty of games optimized for Tegra tablets like HP Slate 7 Extreme.

So games on this device have more detailed graphics and more advanced visual effects than on other non-Tegra-4 tablets.

So bottom line, i think it’s quite easy to take the final conclusion that HP Slate 7 Extreme is just a better tablet in many ways than Asus MemoPad 7HD.

They may share the same 720p display, 1GB of RAM and 5MP rear-facing camera (which both take great shots by the way), however, on all parts of the device, HP Slate 7 Extreme is just better than Asus tablet. Period.

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