Asus has officially announced their budget-priced tablet, which has been unveiled as the MeMO Pad. The MeMO Pad is a 7-inch tablet and instead of landing as the once-rumored $ 99 Android tablet, will arrive priced from $ 149. The MeMO Pad is set to be available later this month, but lets get into those specs and see if this is even worthy of consideration.
The MeMO Pad will have a 7-inch (1024 x 600) display with a PPI of 170 and a 350-nit brightness. The tablet will be powered by a 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor with Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and a 1 megapixel front-facing camera with 720p HD video recording.
Other goodies will include a 4270 mAh battery, microSD card slot and options for either 8GB of 16GB of internal storage space. Those looking to make the purchase can expect to find Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and options for either Sugar White, Cherry Pink or Titanium Gray exterior colors. Asus is also pre-loading a few applications to include SuperNote Lite, ASUS WebStorage, ASUS WebStorage Online Office, ASUS Studio; BuddyBuzz, MyPainter and MyBitCast.
Touching back on the availability — Asus has said that the tablet will be available “starting this January in selected markets.” The one catch here, Asus didn’t specify which markets. And while the specs may not be on the same level as the Nexus 7, this could be an answer for those unable or unwilling to spend $ 200 or more on a tablet.
Coming a bit ahead of CES, the Nextbook 7GP tablet has been officially unveiled by E FUN. The Nextbook 7GP will be the first in a new line of Android tablets coming from E FUN. Given that, we are expecting another announcement to follow once CES officially begins, however in the meantime — lets get into the specs, pricing and release date for this particular model.
The E FUN Nextbook 7GP will be a 7-inch device with Jelly Bean. Specifically, with a 7-inch display at 1024 x 600 and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And before we get any further, we will offer the warning — the specs are not all that exciting. But on that note, when you take the specs along with the relatively low price — you may have a tablet worth considering.
Other specs for the Nextbook 7GP include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage space, microSD card slot, HDMI-out (capable of sending 1080P video) and both a front- and rear-facing camera. The tablet will have Wi-Fi in terms of connectivity. There will also be the goodies from Google. This includes Play Store access along with pre-loaded apps to include Gmail, Chrome, Google+, Google Maps and 5GB of Google Drive storage.
Aside from pre-loaded Google apps, the Nextbook 7GP will also have the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store along with a Net Nanny (a parental control app) and CloudLink’s Productivity Toolbox which has a few free apps dealing with mobile security, wireless pricing, credit card processing and more. Finally, the tablet will be priced at $ 129.99 and is expected to be available beginning in February.
Microsoft launched the Xbox SmartGlass app back in late-October and while the app brought quite a bit in terms of feature and function, there was at least one thing lacking. Well, probably more than one, but in this case, one of those lacking items has since been fixed. This latest update, which is currently available in Google Play has brought support for 7-inch tablets.
Otherwise, aside from the app no longer being limited to smartphones, there were a few smaller items worth mentioning. The other changes included some fixes for crashes and bugs. More specifically, the what’s new section lists the following;
Fixes a crash when you access the settings
Fixes a crash when you go back to the achievement screen
Fixes other minor bugs
This update brings the Xbox SmartGlass app up to version 1.0 where is remains available for those running Android 4.0 or later. The app is free to download, however you will need both an Xbox and Xbox membership to get any use.
All said and done, a relatively minor update for the Xbox SmartGlass app. Of course, it may be minor as a whole, but we suspect those rocking a tablet will be happy. Not to mention, somehow this app somehow seems more appropriate for use on a tablet as opposed to a smartphone.
Every year, Black Friday brings some pretty amazing deals in the tech department. We are glad to report that Android tablets and phones are certainly not left out this year. Yesterday, Sears’ Black Friday deals were leaked, and posted online for all to see. Aside from all the nice tools and ladies’ dresses, Android tablets are getting quite the sale.
Going from the deal on page 14, an Android tablet is included in the “door buster” deals. The tablet is an off-brand device called the X-treme Tab 7, and as you can guess, it is a 7-inch device that supposedly runs Android 4.0 and includes 2GB of built in memory and WiFi support. If those specs sounds awesome to you, you can pick one on Thanksgiving night at Sears for just $ 40.
The deals on page 29 include three more off-brand tablets that range from $ 70, for a 7-inch tablet, to $ 120, for a 10-incher. That page also includes a pre-paid Net10 phone on sale for $ 49 with no contract.
Now if you are looking for a little more familiar brand, Sears has got you covered. They are offering the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 with Android 4.0, dual camera, and more, all for only $ 177—that certainly beats Google Nexus 7 in price. If you would prefer a 10-inch device instead, Sears is selling the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for $ 297.
Sadly, tablets are your best deals when it comes to Sears, but the Black Friday leaked prices are just getting started. Who else is excited to see what Amazon, BestBuy, Wal-Mart, and Target has coming our way?