Launch – Asus Memo Pad, Asus VivoTab Smart, Asus Taichi – notebook & tablet

Today Asus launched a tablet that’s basically for everyone; the Asus Memo Pad, priced at an affordable RM499. That’s like the cheapest “branded” tablet in the market now (if I’m not mistaken)!

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Pronounced “meemo”, MeMO stands for “My Mobile. My Moment” and reflects the position of ASUS MeMO Pad™ as a tablet for people on-the-go. Available in three colors – Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink — MeMO Pad™ sports an elegant, non-slip diamond-patterned finish. The MeMO Pad™ is a tablet-only product and does not come with a dock.

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Specs-wise it’s basic but heck it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean thus it can’t be that bad. I definitely recommend this for those who needs a basic tablet on-the-go.

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SPECIFICATIONS 
CPU / GPU
VIA WM8950 (1GHz) / Mali-400
Operating system
Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display
7-inch (1024 x 600, 169PPI) LED-backlit
10-point multi-touch
140-degree wide viewing angle
350-nits brightness
Front Camera
1MP back-illuminated sensor, f/2.0, with 720p HD video capture at 30fps
Storage
1GB RAM
8GB or 16GB storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)

5GB free ASUS WebStorage
Wireless
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Connectivity
3.5mm headphone/mic
Microphone
Micro-USB port
Sensors
G-Sensor
Pre-installed ASUS applications

SuperNote Lite
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS WebStorage Online Office
ASUS Studio
BuddyBuzz
MyPainter
MyBitCast

Battery
7 hours (16Wh Li-polymer, 4270mAh)

Available colors
Sugar White/Titanium Gray/Cherry Pink

Size

196.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm

Weight

370g

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS MeMO Pad will be available from Week 5 of January 2013 at authorized ASUS resellers.

Retail Price: RM 499

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Though everyone was rather excited for the MeMO, I was more thrilled with the Asus Taichi, the world 1st dual screen convertible ultrabook.

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Asus is not getting any brownie points from me for the horrible name (hello, taichi makes people think of being slow-mo and old) and I’m sure that wasn’t the impression intended by Asus unless I missed out the message at the launch earlier.

First impressions of the Taichi was “WOW”; the dual screen, the taichi hotkey and the seamless transformation between tablet and notebook.

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The Taichi hotkey: the key to everything on this ultrabook.

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And of course, how compact, slim and light (1.25kg) it is! I have been using an Asus Zenbook for nearly a year and I loved it.
The Asus Padfone 2 and the Transformer Prime were solid devices too. I applaud Asus for their innovative-ness and their stand in establishing their own share of the market with their dual products line-ups (think tablet + phone, tablet + docking station, tablet + laptop).

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SPECIFICATIONS

TAICHI 21

  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3317U processor
  • Tablet: 11.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) with 250 nits backlight support (10 fingers Touch)
  • Notebook: 11.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) with 280 nits backlight support
  • Windows 8
  • Integrated HD Graphics 4000
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM, 256GB SATA III SSD
  • Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 (10x faster than USB 2.0)

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY 

ASUS TAICHI™ will be available from Week 5 of January 2013 at authorized ASUS resellers. Introduction Price: RM 3,999

Full specifications are available at www.taichi.asus.com

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Last but not least was the VivoTab Smart tablet, which I barely took another look after the Taichi and the MeMO. Here are the specs should you be interested.

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The Asus VivoTab on the right:

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SPECIFICATIONS[1]  

ASUS VivoTab™ Smart Wi-Fi (ME400C) 

  • 10.1-inch (1366 x 768) display
  • Intel® Atom™ Z2760 dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB onboard storage
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 265.5 x 171 x 9.7mm
  • 580g
  • 9.5 hours of battery life[2]  

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ASUS VivoTab™ Smart Wi-Fi + LTE (ME400CL) 

  • 10.1-inch (1366 x 768) display
  • Intel® Atom™ Z2760 dual-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB onboard storage
  • 802.11 b/g/n + LTE
  • 265.5 x 171 x 9.7mm
  • 580g 
  • 8.5 hours of battery life 

[1]   Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

[2] Test conditions: 720p video playback, 100 nits brightness, default volume with headphones.  

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS VivoTab™ Smart will be available from Week 5 of January 2013 at authorized ASUS resellers.

Retail Price:

RM 1,799 for ME400C (Wi-Fi)

RM 2,099 for ME400CL (Wi-Fi + 3G LTE)

ASUS Transboard & Transleeve will be sold separately.

Full specifications available at www.asus.com/vivo/en/vivoTab.htm

Summary: Asus Memo Pad (RM499), VivoTab Smart tablet (RM 1,799) & Asus Taichi (RM3,999) .
No media price unfortunately! I want an Asus Taichi (despite its terrible name) !!

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