January 9, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
ASUS is out to corner the Android tablet market with an upgrade to its already sought-after Transformer Prime, and a new 7-inch device slated to compete with smaller tablets.
The ASUS Transformer Prime TF700T is not an all new tablet, but it is an “upmarket” improvement that pushes the specs of what we already called the best Android tablet that money can buy. For starters, the TF700T has a different back panel that’s meant to address the GPS and WiFi issues that users complained about. It also bumps the screen to a 1920×1200 and the front-facing camera to 2.0 MP for HD video. It should arrive in North America in Q2 2012 for $599-$699. (It is compatible with the existing Transformer Prime dock.)
On the smaller side of things is the ASUS Eee Pad Memo, a 7-inch Android tablet with a 1280 x 800 resolution and IPS capacitive touch screen. The Eee Pad is aimed at “entertainment, media, and light productivity,” so it comes equipped with plenty of media options and the potential for capacitive stylus use. The device has:
- Qualcomm 8260 1.2 GHz dual-core process
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16 GB or 32 GB of storage, and ASUS Webstorage
- Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- 1.2 MPG front camera, 5 MP rear with Auto-focus and 1080p recording
- MicroUSB, microSD, micro HDMI, and audio jack
- 4400 mAh battery (8.5 hours of video playback)
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50”; 14.2oz
- Pre-loaded Applications – MyPainter, MyNet, MyCloud, Asus Sync and other productivity and entertainment applications.
The specs of the Eee Pad Memo are definitely impressive, so we’re anxious to get some time to play with the device. I’m especially interested in the stylus pen that rests beneath the front bezel. This could extend or refine the capabilities of certain devices and it’s definitely something that I look forward to seeing. On paper, this should be a worthy competitor to the crop of 7-inch slates that debuted in 2011, so we’ll be back with more later.