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The Asus MeMO Pad currently has an Informr score of 5.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Google and Asus may have partnered together to create Google’s Nexus 7 tablet but that didn’t prevent Asus from introducing their own Android tablet. The Asus MeMo Pad is a 7” tablet that has marketed itself as the more affordable version of the Nexus 7. And while it might not stand out from the budget tablet crowd, it does offer smooth basic performance and a solid design.

For consumers who like the look and feel of the Nexus but not the price tag, the MeMo Pad delivers on the aesthetic front. The tablet itself practically has the same dimensions as the Nexus 7 and a similar textured back. But that’s where the similarities end.

Unlike the HD Nexus, the MeMo Pad screen resolution is not HD quality as it maxes out at 1024x600. Most average consumers might not be able to tell the difference, however it is noticeable to people who are used to 720p or 1080p screens. Like most tablets in its class, the MeMo Pad offers a responsive touch screen, WiFi and a forward facing camera for video chat. In addition, the MeMo Pad offers a choice of 8GB or 16GB of onboard storage as well as an expandable micro-SD slot. The VIA WM8950 Single core 1 GHz processor functions smoothly with simple tasks like surfing the internet or checking emails. Unfortunately, it does have issues with graphics or memory intensive apps like games.

Aside from the non-HD screen quality and poor processor speed, another major drawback of the MeMo Pad is its battery life. When used normally, the tablet lasts around three hours. While not horrible, it certainly is not convenient for people who depend on their tablet for updates via email or calendar notices when they are traveling. The tablet also has connectivity issues as it does not allow for bluetooth syncing and the WiFi card only connects to 2.4 GHz bands.

For the price, the MeMo Pad is a decent tablet in its class. While the specs and software cannot rival the Nexus 7” or other premium tablets, the MeMo Pad is still a decent tablet for consumers who simply want to surf the web and listen to some music on the go.

The Good: Expandable micro-SD slot, low price, sleek design and sturdy build.

The Bad: Poor battery life, non-HD screen, poor CPU performance when playing gaming apps.

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...


JOKES. is the kind of app that I'd encourage everyone to get on their iPhone or iPad. It's free, lightweight, self-contained, and packed with great content! I hope the developers look into the issue with the crashes and fix it in a future version.

- Neha Sinha, appPicker

That there isn’t anything here to amaze us isn’t a knock on ASUS — for $150, you can’t really expect the world. I know I shouldn’t lead everything off with a “but the price” declaration, but when you consider who and what this device was intended for it real...

- Quentyn Kennemer, Phandroid

The Asus MeMO Pad ME172V isn't going to knock out any of the flagship small-screen tablets out there, but it's not meant to. At £129 it’s a more affordable Android option, and it's from a reputable tablet maker. The MeMO Pad isn't for gamers or power users, but it offers a solid exp...

- Eugene Kim, ITProPortal
Android Community

There's a fine line between a quality, low-cost tablet and an underpowered, low-resolution tablet that happens to run Android and also doesn't cost all that much money. And that line, we've discovered, is about $50. It's not often that we pick up a new device -- and quickly want to put it down agai...

- Phil Nickinson, Android Community

Don’t let its $150 cost fool you, just because it fulfills that age old adage of “you get what you pay for.” Sure it’s cheap, but there’s good reason for that. Naturally, its outdated specs and low-res display make it extremely obviously, but its molasses slow performan...

- John V., PhoneArena

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Screen Size

The Asus MeMO Pad's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a VIA WM8950 Single core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 16 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 7 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

MeMO Pad Specs

Release date April 9, 2013
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor VIA WM8950 Single core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 0.769 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 16 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Sugar White, Titanium Gray, Cherry Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.6 x 11.9 x 1.1 cm (7.7 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 358 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Exposure value
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Asus ME172V

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