A cheap Android tablet from a name brand manufacturer
Asus just threw the gauntlet down by launching its low-price Memo Pad HD 7, a 7-inch Android tablet that's surprisingly feature-rich for the money. The MSRP is listed as $149, the same as the original Memo Pad 7, but this time around you get quite a bit more for the money, not the least of which is an upgrade from a 1GHz single-core chip to a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz.
The 7-inch display sports an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel with a 1280x800 resolution, up from 1024x600. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage + 16GB of Asus WebStorage for a year, microSD card slot, stereo speakers, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera (optional -- costs more), and a battery rated for up to 10 hours of run time.
It's a light and slim slate measuring just 10.8mm thick and weighing 302g. You'll find it in a variety of colors, including blue, white, pink, green, and grey. As of this writing, we haven't found one for sale online, though in the meantime, check out the review our sister site TechRadar posted earlier this month.