Well known manufacturers were now slowing inching into the ultra-affordable tablet market as they try to get a better share of the cake that’s been growing extensively since last year.

If you find the Acer B1-A71 a bit shorthanded when it comes to hardware and specifications, then this one can be a viable alternative.

ASUS just announced that their affordable 7-incher, ASUS MeMo Pad, will go on sale this month with a low price of only $149.

[one_half]”So should you wait for this tablet? Nah, unless you really like the youthful colors.”[/one_half]

This tablet is more capable of handling high-end games and apps as compared to the Acer offering because it packs a mid-ranger type of features. ASUS Memo Pad packs a 7-inch display with 1280×600 pixel resolution and it comes with a not-so-interesting 1GHz processor but fortunately, it will be loaded with 1GB of RAM to make up with its mediocre CPU. It will also run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean so we can already expect a smooth android experience considering that these specs run nicely even on ICS.

As for the on board storage, this tablet comes with either 8GB or 16GB plus an additional 5GB of ASUS WebStorage.

The price for an 8GB of the ASUS MeMo Pad starts at $149 which means that only a mere $50 stands in the way between this one and the Nexus tablet. Moreover, the 16GB variant will probably cost around $199 too so that’s only on par to the Nexus’ storage.

Of course, since the Nexus 7 is a product of the team-up between Google and ASUS, we can safely say that these pricing is somehow part of their strategy.

So should you wait for this tablet? Nah, unless you really like the youthful colors (white, pink, and gray) this tablet has to offer. The Nexus 7 already set a very high standard towards the ‘affordable’ tablet barrier and if we’ll compare it to the ASUS MeMo Pad, it’s very likely that you’ll end up owning a Google Nexus 7 instead.

According to Yugatech, ASUS Philippines already confirmed that the ASUS MeMo Pad will reach the Philippines. The local pricing and availability will be announced soon. We’ll update this post once we get the details.

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