Asus Plays the Budget Card With the $150 Memo Pad HD 7

No one from Asus had much to say about prices during their Computex 2013 press conference, but Chairman Jonney Shih made sure to be very vocal about the price of Asus’ new 7” Android tablet – $150.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a pretty decent 7” 10-point multi-touch 1280 x 800 HD IPS display, at least for its price class. 170 degree viewing angles also help, although I’m not sure how important that really is in a 7” tablet. Still, better to have it than not.

Inside, there’s a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor. There’s a 1.2 MP front-facing camera, and a 5 MP rear camera that will apparently be optional, which seems to suggest that the $150 version would lack that camera. The same Asus SonicMaster audio technology that pops up in pretty much all of Asus’ mobile devices is here, too. The whole tablet weighs just 302 grams, and is 10.8 mm thick.

But, the take home message was certainly the price – $149 (to be exact) for a 16 GB Memo Pad HD 7. Emerging markets will also see an 8 GB model for $129. Asus did warn that pricing may (will) vary by region, and there are no specifics on when we will see it in stores (maybe late Q2 or early Q3). When it does arrive, it’ll come in black, dark blue, white, green, and pink.