The ASUSME171 has finally hit the streets here in Taiwan and it comes sporting a Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz processor and a Bluetooth handset featuring a transparent display. There are actually two versions of the MeMo the Qualcomm version we have here that is aimed at the Asian market and the 370T which comes with Tegra 3 processor. The Nvidia version is the one making all the waves since it is rumored to be retailing for $250. The MeMo ME171 is dramatically more expensive at 17,500NT or $585 USD, we will say that tablets are always a little more expensive here versus the US because Taiwan is such a smaller market, even if it is all made over here.
Under the hood we’ve got a 1.2GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory, it also has a front facing camera that offers 1.2MP & a 5MP rear facing camera that is capable of 1080p recording (in case you’re wondering the Tegra 3 edition get a 8MP rear cam). ASUS claims that the ME171 will be able to achieve 8.5Hr of video playback on its 4400mAH battery, we’ll be sure to put that to the test in our full review. Currently it’s running Android 3.2 but it will be running Android 4.0, you’ll notice in the video we think that it’s running ICS until we check out the settings, the sales clerk was especially insistent that it was running Android 4.0, so we hope that we’ll be seeing it soon.
So far we have to admit that we aren’t overly impressed with the hardware, it is only slightly thinner than the originalwhich was 12mm (the MeMo is 11.6mm) and it is as long as the which has a 0.7″ larger display. It’s also expensive, we could pick up the Samsung Galaxy 7.7 for $100 more, yes that is a pricy tablet, but at least it feels like it was made this year.
We give you our our complete first impressions of the MeMo ME171 in our unboxing and walk through video, we also dive right into it and run vellamo, quadrant, sunspider, antutu, nenamark 1 and 2 benchmarks.
If you are after the full specifications of the ASUSME171 here it is:
Display – 7.0″ WXGA, 1280 x 800 resolution, IPS panel with capacitive touch
Processor- Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core
Storage- eMMC 16GB/32GB ; ASUS Webstorage options
Connectivity- WLAN 802.11b/g/n , Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
Camera- 1.2MP Video Camera (front )/5MP Auto-Focus Camera (rear) (1080P recording)
GPS- Qualcomm GPS One
Sensors- G-sensor; e-compass; Light sensor; Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Interface- 1 x Micro USB port (client) ; 1 x Audio Jack (Head Phone / Stereo Mic-in)
1 x Card Reader(Micro-SD); 1 x micro HDMI (1.3a); 1 x SIM Card slot; Stereo Speakers
Battery- Li-polymer 4400mAh (Battery Life: 8.5hrs video playback routine)
OS- Android 4.01
Dimensions / Weight- 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50″; 14.2oz
Applications – MyPainter, MyNet, MyCloud, Asus Sync and other productivity and entertainment applications.