Mini-tablets keep getting skinnier
The mini-tablet seems to be the new hot form factor for mobile device manufacturers. And Asus, a company that is most well known for notebook computers and PC motherboards, is no exception. The company just announced the release of MeMO Pad, an Android tablet with a 7-inch display.
The MeMO’s 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor and 1G of memory is more than up to the task of running the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It comes natively with only 8G or 16G of hard drive space, but with the use of a microSD card it can hold up to 32G more. And, as with many Asus computer products, the MeMO comes with 5G of online storage space free with Asus WebStorage.
What may appeal to many users is the fact that the MeMO is only 4.69 inches wide, which is about a half-inch narrower than many other mini tablets. This might not seem like much, but it could make all the difference for people with small hands. However, it does weigh 13.1 ounces, which is a few ounces heavier that some of those slightly wider units, which means that although can be more easily gripped, users may have to put it down after a shorter period of time.
Regardless of weight, narrow mini-tablets could prove useful for public-sector agencies with employees in the field, where having a free hand while, for example, taking surveys can be essential.
The MeMO should be available later this month, and Asus will be selling it starting at $149.
Greg Crowe is a staff writer covering mobile technology for GCN. Follow him on Twitter: @GCNLabGuys.