We first saw the 7in Eee Pad MeMO at the beginning of the year at CES at the same time as the Eee Slate EP121 was announced. Today at Computex in Taipei we got some more details on the smaller tablet, including the fact that it will have a glasses-free 3D display.
The Asus Eee Pad MeMO 3D is a 7in Android tablet which, as the name suggests, also brings 3D to the tablet via its IPS LCD display. The portrait-orientated tablet is a similar size to the HTC Flyer but offers a few extra features, which could attract new customers. As well as glasses-free 3D, the Eee Pad MeMO will be able to take and make calls with a bundled MeMIC Bluetooth handset which will be handy considering the idea of holding a 7in tablet to your ear would look rather ridiculous. “The ASUS Eee Pad MeMO 3D is designed to be an alternative take on the 10in tablet that is fast becoming a standard size,” a statement from Asus said. Asus is also bigging-up the productivity credentials of the Eee Pad MeMO with a bundled stylus (like the Flyer) turning the 7in tablet into a digital notepad. “This portrait-oriented device has a 7in multi-touch screen that can be used in the usual way with Android Honeycomb applications, but there’s also the added twist of stylus support, so users can opt for handwriting input and treat the MeMO 3D much like a digital notepad.”
Flipping the tablet from portrait into landscape orientation turns the Eee Pad MeMO “into a glasses-free 3D display that adds a new dimension to mobile entertainment. Consumers can enjoy movies, games and photos in 3D, all from the palm of their hand.” Inside is a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot for expansion. There is a micro-USB port, HDMI-out and standard 3.5mm audio jack. On the front is a 1.2-megapixel camera while on the rear is a 5-megapixel, auto-focus camera with an LED flash. The MeMIC Bluetooth handset, as well as making calls will be able to be used as a remote control for the tablet. No pricing has been announced by Asus yet but we are expecting to see it hit stores sometime in Q4 this year.
Asus is certainly trying to stand out in the tablet/smartphone market first with its innovative Padfone and now with the Eee Pad MeMO 3D – both of which we are eagerly looking forward to getting our hands on.