Until now, most Intel “Bay Trail” based tablets sold were running Windows 8.1, unless you checked on Aliexpress. It now appears Asus will soon sell an Android Kitkat tablet, ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176C, powered by Intel Atom Z3745 quad core SoC, and featuring a 7″ IPS display, 1 GB RAM and 8GB flash, for as low as $166.
- SoC – Intel Baytrail-T Z3745 quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Burst frequency: 1.86GHz) with Intel HD graphics. 2W SDP.
- System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
- Storage – 8 or 16 GB NAND Flash depending on model + microSDXC card slot
- Display – 7″ IPS display (1280 x 800 pixel)
- Camera – 5.0MP rear camera + 2.0MP front camera
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS
- Audio – 1x Head phone/ Mic-in
- USB – 1x micro USB (OTG?)
- Battery – 3910mAh, 15 Whr battery. 10 hours of battery life
- Dimensions – 189.3×113.7×9,6 mm
- Weight – 295g
The tablet will run Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Asus ZenUI user interface.
ITC.ua has a sample and ran some benchmarks showing decent performance comparable to Samsung Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5 Octa 5410 or Qualcomm Snapdragon), and in some cases, pretty close to LG G2 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800).
Asus tablet scores 886 in Vellamo (Metal), 32030 in Antutu 4.x, and 16156 in Quadrant. The Quadrant test appears to show excellent CPU and memory performance, good I/O performance, but the GPU performance looks underwhelming. Asus ME176C specs are leaning toward to low end of the market, but the processor is fast, and $170 could be a pretty good deal. We still don’t know when it will become available.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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