Asus announces 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO 3D at Computex

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Many of the Asus Eee Pad MeMO 3D's specs announced today at Computex set this new 7-inch Android tablet apart from the rest.

It will have a 1024 x 600 (1280 x 800 according to Engadget) IPS-LCD glasses-free 3D capacitive touchscreen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm8260 chipset, a 5-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash and a 1 megapixel front camera, 32GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and an HDMI-out port. It will also come with a capacitive stylus and a companion bluetooth headset, and very likely be able to record 1080p video and include Asus' Media Note and Painter apps. 

With its 3D screen and capacitive stylus, the Eee Pad MeMO 3D is a cross between the T-Mobile G-Slate and the HTC Flyer. However, unlike the Flyer the MeMO 3D will run Honeycomb rather than Gingerbread and have a silo for storing the included stylus. The inability to store the HTC Flyer's pen in or on the device is a particular annoyance for many HTC Flyer owners, including me. And, unlike the G-Slate, no glasses are required for 3D. This is a big plus.  

Inking on this device makes it intriguing. However, I suspect inking on the Flyer to be superior. The other intriguing element of the MeMO 3D is Asus' decision to ship it with the MeMIC Bluetooth headset it announced at CES for use with the 3D-less version of the device. The headset works for both for calls and music, and with services like Google Voice this could very easily replace ones regular phone, especially while at business meetings or traveling. It will also serve as a remote control for the tablet.   

Expect a 4th quarter release. Price is currently unknown.

[phoneArena | Engadget]
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