In January, Asus announced an Android tablet with a puny $149 price tag. The device was slated to come out first in "emerging markets," with a U.S. release planned for later—some time in April, Asus said.
Well, we're a week into April. And as Liliputing reports, the Asus MeMO Pad is now available stateside.
The site found a U.S. listing at B&H, which has the tablet in stock for $149. A search for the same model number reveals the MeMO Pad is also available at Amazon for $149.00 and at Newegg for $149.99. Both e-tailers offer free shipping and have gray, pink, and white versions of the device in stock. (Amazon has a single product page with a color picker, while Newegg's website shows separate listings for the pink and white models.)
In case you forgot the MeMO Pad's specs since January (which you probably did; it's okay, we don't blame you), here they are: 7" 1024x600 display, 1GHz single-core VIA WM8950 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, one-megapixel front camera, microSD slot, and seven-hour battery. The tablet weighs just over 13 ounces and is 0.44" thick. Oh, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. I guess the Android 4.2 update is still in the works.
This looks like a pretty spartan offering as far as tablets go. Then again, it's hard to argue with the $149 price tag. Remember, the Nexus 7 still costs $199, and the cheapest Amazon tablet, the $159 Kindle Fire, doesn't have much better specs than the MeMO. Heck, it even has less storage capacity.