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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  • hot3288 - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    It's also available for preorder at Amazon and Gamestop. Amazon has the transcovers/persona covers preorders as well. Reply
  • metamoxie - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    B&H has some of the covers with free shipping. Reply
  • user777 - Monday, August 12, 2013 - link

    Memo Pad 10 FHD is also available on Amazon.de - the specifications are on the Asus(.)com site (1920 x 1200 display, 10 hours of battery life, 2GB RAM, 32 GB flash drive, Intel® Atom™ Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz, 264.6 x 182.4 x 9.5 mm, 580g, MicroSD Card Reader, Micro HDMI, 5 MP Rear Camera, 1.2 MP Front Camera, GPS, Miracast, ).
    The price is better than Samsung Nexus 10.
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  • Wolfpup - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    Yeah, actually not bad hardware for the price...I assume A7's aren't too horrible. But yep, for just a tiny bit more you go from A7, skip A9, to the A9+ Krait, right?

    Still, people could do a lot worse, particularly if this ends up running stock Android and not a gooped up version.
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  • JeffFlanagan - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    Even when not on a strict budget, low-cost tablets like this one have uses as limited-purpose devices that we don't want to spend as much on. Some examples are a Pandora player in the bathroom, or a Music Player / OBDII instrument panel in the car. Reply
  • Bob Todd - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    Or cheap movie player to keep the toddler(s) entertained in the car. That's my one use case where I really want expandable storage, slow SDHC/SDXC is fine since I don't change the content often. Reply
  • Aenean144 - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    Well, the performance of tablet hardware and software is rapidly approaching the point where it meets the needs of the vast mass of consumers in the market.

    A 1+ GHz quad-core Cortex-A7, a SGX544MP1, and 1 GB RAM is pretty darn close to this point. Not great for gamers, but most people? Pretty close. If Android was better optimized or better architected, it's basically there.

    A 7" display basically limits it as professional tool except for limited cases though.
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  • hughlle - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    I completely agree, although in my case, i will be getting the new nexus 7. I love my nexus 10 when camping, great music and film device, but i loath having to cart it around for my GPS (i refuse to update my smartphone, i useit for texts, that's all i want it for) and as such, a cheap tablet like this would be great, but figure instead of buying this, and the external battery pack i was looking at, i an just spend the extra on the nexus 7, and have a good backup film and music box, as well as a good car and city gps. If i already had the external battery, i would certianly be looking at this. although it is a toss up, the old nexus 7 can be had for about £100 second hand these days, and not much more for a new one. John Lewis recently offered my dad one for £130 (3g version) Reply
  • yuanshec - Thursday, August 01, 2013 - link

    With current Nexus 7's price, I actually see no reason to opt to lower price models.
    Screen or SOC itself are worth the upgrade.
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  • GeekyPete - Friday, August 16, 2013 - link

    I've heard the battery drain on the new nexus 7 is shocking... Reply

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