We just reviewed the ASUS MeMO Pad HD7, and we've now received word that pre-orders are available via several major outlets: TigerDirect.comNewegg.com, Amazon.com, and Gamestop.com. (Let us know if we missed anyone!) The MeMO Pad HD7 features a 7-inch 1280x800 IPS display, MediaTek MT8125 SoC (quad-core Cortex A7 + PowerVR SGX 544MP1), 1GB of DDR3L-1066, and a 16GB integrated eMMC controller (with microSD card slot) all for $149.

As we noted in the HD7 review, this is definitely a value play by ASUS, and in most cases the new HD7 actually ends up slightly behind the original Nexus 7 (never mind the Nexus 7 2013 update). However, it's still "fast enough" for the majority of games and other tasks. We concluded the new Nexus 7 is likely the better buy, but if you're on a strict budget then the MeMO Pad HD7 is worth a look. Availability is scheduled for August 10, 2013.

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  • cripesy - Monday, August 05, 2013 - link

    These look like a good bet at this price point. It might be a slightly more sluggish than last years' Nexus 7, but the addition of an SD card compensates for that. The other attractive alternative is the HiSense Sero Pro, but the memo pad appears to have better battery life. Also, check out the battery life comparison of MemoPad HD 7 vs Original Nexus 7 under load: 5 vs 2 hours !! (My own experience with the Nexus 7 bears this out -- as soon as you put the thing under strain, it wilts) Reply
  • cripesy - Monday, August 05, 2013 - link

    Whoops -- forgot to add the link to NotebookCheck for the battery life comp:
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Asus-Memo-Pad-...
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Google-Nexus-7...
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  • NXTreme - Monday, August 05, 2013 - link

    Any word on Canadian release outlets? Reply
  • Regulus - Thursday, August 08, 2013 - link

    The western Canada chain Visions.ca is taking Pre-Orders online for the 16GB model at $159.99 with free shipping. Reply
  • gino76ph - Sunday, August 11, 2013 - link

    Had an old Nexus 7. Amazing hardware specs, general OS & gaming performance and latest Android. It had two main problems: First, the washed-out screen (as if there is a very thin grey mist hovering over) with weak and bland colours/contrast/sharpness and weak blacks. Secondly, the single mono speakers at the back which even when doors closed and a quiet weekend it still doesn't measure up to the Galaxy tabs, iPad minis and the Kindle Fire HDs. Does the Memo pad HD7 improve on those issues? Or is it more same old-same old? Please advice. Reply
  • deepakv - Monday, August 12, 2013 - link

    Just received this tablet yesterday. Purchased it for kids from Very.co.uk, (£133 with shipping). Excellent features for the price paid. Screen resolution is fine when watching movies but not excellent, Overall performace is very good. Very responsive tablet. Camera looks ok. Not tried outdoors. With this price range and near to nexus features, its acceptable.
    Only problem with the position and size of volume rocker and on off button, Difficult to adjust volume when watching movies without turning the tablet, accidently switched off the tablet when tried to increase the volume. Same problem could be with Nexus also.
    My friend purchased lenovo 7 inch tablet last week for £120. Asus is way ahead of it with just £10 more. If you want really better screen go for new nexus,
    For me with around 50% price with near nexus features and additional memory increase capability, its a DEAL.
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  • GeekyPete - Friday, August 16, 2013 - link

    Great review. Please can you tell me if it runs real racing 3 without a problem? Also how can you get HDMI out to a TV ? I was gonna get the New Nexus 7 but for £80 - £120 less I cant see why I wouldnt buy this 'slightly' inferior tablet? Reply
  • GeekyPete - Friday, August 16, 2013 - link

    Would you say this cnet review is fair? http://reviews.cnet.com/tablets/asus-memo-pad-hd/4...

    Seems very harsh from what i've read on here!!
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