Asus Memo Pad is a $149 Android tablet

Posted by Thomas Anderson

The Asus Memo pad is a 7-inch $149 Android tablet that runs Jelly Bean (4.1) and offers full access to Google's expansive Play store.

Other similarly priced tablets, such as the wildly popular Kindle Fire series, don't support access Google Play, essentially limiting users to Amazon's curated app storefront.

Asus will be offering the tablet in sugar white, titanium gray, and cherry pink. The tablets have a non-slip diamond-patterned finish on the back and boast a thin, lightweight design.

Specs? A 1 GHz VIA WM8950 processor paired with a Mali-400 GPU, a 7-inch screen (1024 x 600) that supports 10 points of touch, offers a 140-degree viewing angle along with 350-nits of brightness.

The tablet is also equipped with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB-16GB of storage, integrated Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm headphone port an integrated microphone, and a micro USB port.

The front camera is a one-megapixel unit with the back-illuminated sensorcapable of  recording 720p HD resolution video at 30 frames per second. Power for the tablet is drawn rom a 4270 mAh battery that offers up to 7 hours of use per charge.

The 8GB version of the tablet weighs in at $149, while pricing for the 16GB model is expected to be announced at a later date. The Memo is slated is expected to hit US shores this April.