ASUS MeMO 370T 7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich quad-core tablet hands-on

January 10, 2012
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Here at CES ASUS has a few different tablets on display and we've been giving them a quick look. Sadly the ASUS Padfone is under a lock and key and we were only able to get a small glance. The brand new Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich quad-core tablet announced yesterday in a 7" form factor was out in public though. Check out our hands-on below.

Just announced yesterday by ASUS is the MeMO 370T although it may see a different name at launch. This 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution slate features everything you'd want in a tablet. Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ultra-fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, front and rear cameras as well as full Android Market access and Google support. This is the first official 7" ICS tablet. It may not be as thin as its larger brother in the Prime, but the size is the only thing making us call it the "little brother".

The most important thing here is the price -- and that is $249. We'd expect the slate to be slightly lower than the Prime in the camera department to meet that price but it actually still has that impressive 8 MP camera on back. The Prime has one of the best tablet cameras around so hopefully this wont disappoint.

The brushed aluminum has been replaced by a hard plastic with the same radial-spun design as the Prime and overall I was extremely happy with the feel and performance. Obviously with the Tegra 3 the tablet is blazing fast so I don't even need to go there -- although this is the first slate I've handled with a fully stable build of ICS. ASUS made clear that this was still under development but things felt ready for the green light to me. In case you didn't catch that before -- this is running on Android 4.0.3 ICS.

You can see in the image above the new 7-inch slate from ASUS will have micro-usb, micro-hdmi, and also a micro-SD slot for expanded storage -- something many tablets lately have been leaving out. Offering this entire package and performance for the low price of $249 has just set the bar for portable and ultra-powerful tablets. Those high priced Samsung Galaxy Tab's should be worried right about now. Expect to see this new quad-core tablets early Q2 2012.


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  • Bum_bl_bee

    I am getting this tablet. features are more than i expected with a good price.

  • Anonymous

    Pre-ordering a pair of them on day one. Pricing this at 249$ was a brilliant move by Asus. If they don’t have a huge shortage like they did with the original Transformer this could be a game changer.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      agreed

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      So am I? Can’t wait…… Well ZTE actually did one too that will probably price low w/ Android 4.0 too, looks promising, too. There’s actually a video of it: 
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm0n6huhrnw&list=PL5ED5FCA89C2190ED&index=10&feature=plpp_video 

      • Anonymous

        This is exactly what the industry needs; Powerful devices at price points that make sense. Not that a $600 Samsung Tab doesn’t make sense but see dropping that kind of cash with the speed of progress on mobile hardware.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        I agree. $600 w/ the specs sounds ok, but being realistic in today’s society & economy, that’s far too much. Especially for people who don’t necessarily wanna use it for all that. Honestly, I want a tablet to play my Android Games, & convenience to help me out with school work. $600 is not my target.

      • Anonymous

        I’ll be using it for music, books, movies, casual web use and occasional gaming so I’m with you. I can’t justify $600 for that. I almost bought a Kindle Fire but all the rumors of quad-cores made me hold off. I’m glad I did.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Yeah, that’s just about what I would be using it for.

  • DVD

    Too bad it doesn’t seem like you can dock it using either generations Transformer keyboard.

    Still I’ll get one at that price.

  • Ianmedina

    Is there a front facing camera?

    • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

      Yes,

      & quoted…
      “This 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution slate features everything you’d want in a tablet. Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ultra-fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, front and rear cameras as well as full Android Market access and Google support. “

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YN2HVPYPV2DIGHX7NX2OSG34WY rmm200

        I have read in too many places that there is not a front facing camera. We may have to wait and see.

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        Yeah,  I just read so too. Even if it doesn’t though, I believe I will still buy it. I have a webcam on my laptop, so I’m good. & You can still use tango, even though it’s kinda awkward that way, lol.

  • Anonymous

    Bring it out Asus, take my money!

  • Anonymous

    Asus have seemed to have been game changers in the recent Tablet market. 1st the Transformer which in most test not only beat other Android Tablets but in many reviewers opinion the iPad 2 too (this I tend to agree with too) and all at a price that beat almost all the competitors, amazing as this included the dock/keyboard too.

    Now not only do we have a quad core 7″ tablet, but ICS and a price point that make the Kindle Fire almost irrelevant, especially for non US residents.

    Roll on release date as Asus  have impressed me with their quick to customer software updates on the Transformer and hopefully that applies to their other products too.

    Waiting in line for my Asus MeMO 370T

  • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

    what’s storage on this thing?

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      I believe 16GB for $249 and 32GB will be more

  • Cassio Louis

    when it’s gonna be available?

  • Bprokosz

    I would absolutely get this if I wasn’t in the market for a new phone.  My Incredible is 3.7″ so the jump to 7″ would be nice….but I’m checking out a 4.3″ Razr Maxx, 4.3″ Sony Xperia S, 4.65″ Nexus, and possibly the Lenovo device if it hits the US, plus whatever stuff Moto/Intel get us….point is, going from 4.65″ to 7″ isn’t that great.  If I had a standard phone, blackberry, or iPhone I could see the appeal but I want 2 completely different devices IE say the Razr Maxx and the Prime HD…different interfaces, different tech, radically different sizes.

  • TheZedo

    Whats stopping them from adding mobile phone functionality to new tablets now? The Tegra 3 has 1 low power core that could surely be used to manage call function processes in the background, without taxing the battery. The tech already exists in the hardware, someone just needs to capitalize on it to garner 1 more techy marketing gimmick…and give them the “edge” on the competition.

  • Uk user

    Not being released in the UK… Ridiculous, you think they want to make money? I see more demand for a device like this in the UK than that padfone.

  • Guest

    Without a front facing camera even at $250 I still won’t buy it.  So close.

    • Brandon Dean

      I thought I needed a front facing camera when I bought my recent phone, but despite having it, I only use it every now and then. Id rather have all the high spec innards of this, than a lesser tablet with a front facing camera.

      • Abc

        it says right there in the article that there is a front and back camera

        ” This 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution slate features everything you’d want in a tablet. Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ultra-fast NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, front and rear cameras as well as full Android Market access and Google support. “

    • Joe

      I think a front facing camera is essential.  I’d rather have a front facing high def 2 or 3 meg cam then a 8 meg rear any day

    • Windraven81

      They can’t release without front facing camera, it’s in the minimum specs for (official) market access.

  • Anonymous

    Ok.  Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 or this ASUS MeMO 370T.  I really like the Samie’s look.  I think I can give up the thickness for the price.  I can get 2 Asus for one Samie.

    • seth

      no question go with asus. new samsung 7in tab is still using honeycomb. dealbreaker

      • Tepgator

        no its not. The samsung galaxy tab 2 is using ICS

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  • whosayzwhat

    :( no front cam…..

  • whosayzwhat

    :( no front cam…..

    • http://profiles.google.com/xrousseau David Rousseau

      The article talks of front and back camera. Personally I am getting 2 of those instead of one Galaxy Tab,

    • http://profiles.google.com/xrousseau David Rousseau

      The article talks of front and back camera. Personally I am getting 2 of those instead of one Galaxy Tab,

  • Asfasf

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  • Asfasf

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  • Saad_ahh

    NO FRONT CAMERA?! WHHAT ARE THEY THINKING? ID TAKE THE FRONT FACER OVER THE BACK ANYYY DAY…

  • Dennis Wilcox

    Is this “vaporware”? I cannot find anything about it on the Asus website! 

    • KevinW42

       The only thing on there site is the TF301 which is a replacement for the 201 with a plastic back, hence no more wifi or gps issues, even though they are just now giving out free “gps” dongles, Im sure it fixes wifi too, which plugs into the expansion port, but the engineers are retarded, it doesnt let you use keyboard dock at the same time. Theres also the TF700 on the website, its a 301 with a screen with more pixels, big deal.

  • Psskps

    does this have both 3G and WiFi?

  • Ryan Hancock

    is the ASUS MeMo 370t canned and being reworked and rebranded as the next google tablet?

  • Fjs70

    Where can I buy the asus prime car charger? fjs70@comcast.net

  • Tepgator

    I JUST REALLY DON”T WANT THE NEXUS TABLET TO BECOME THIS AND DROP THE TEGRA 3
    ASUS
    IF YOU ARE LISTENINGMANY OF US WILL BUY THIS JUST THE WAY IT ISKEEP IT

  • Dholu999

    Think there is no Front Facing camera and 3 G or 4 G LTE.
    they can add this up and charge a little bit more, to make 370t unbeatable.

  • Roninfla1

    Apparently ASUS is having production problems with the 370T. Interest is waning as the release date keeps slipping and consumer interests have gone elseware. I’m patient and hopefully we’ll be able to try one of these tablets soon..