We know prices for Android tablets and smartphones are hitting rock bottom. But a tablet that uses a 64-bit processor, and an Intel one to boot, is a rare sight.
Or so we thought until today, when Asus announced it’s putting the MeMO Pad 8 (ME581CL) and Asus Fonepad 8 (FE380CG) onto retail shelves from 10 October. More importantly, these tablets don’t cost beyond S$500. The MeMO Pad 8 is quite close though at S$499, while the Fonepad 8 is much more affordable at S$299.
Yes, we know there’s another MeMO Pad 8 that was reported a few months ago. The key difference between this new version and the previous MeMO Pad 8 is the processor. This update uses a newer latest Intel Z3560 1.8GHz quad-core processor. Okay, so we lost you at the numbers. The important bit is this: the new MeMO Pad 8 supports LTE connectivity, so you can go nuts and surf on 4G speeds with this Android tablet. Well, not too much, we’re not responsible if you bust your monthly limit.
The new MeMO Pad 8 also adds NFC capability. At least, it will let you tap and connect other NFC-enabled accessories such as headphones or speakers. Nope, no payment option, that’s locked in to Apple.
The Fonepad 8 is going to turn a few heads, mainly for its clean design. Of course, placing it right next to your cheek to take a call will do that too. But really, don't listen to us and decide how you should take incoming calls *cough*Bluetooth headset*cough*, just do whatever rocks your boat.
No 4G connectivity for the Fonepad 8 though and its 8in display has a lower resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels (the MeMO Pad 8 has 1920 x 1200 pixels littered across the screen). But the unit comes with dual-SIM capabilities. This is especially useful if you have an office mobile line to burn through the data without worrying about the bills.
Asus didn’t indicate if it’ll be selling either tablets on the Asus online store like it did with the earlier ZenFones. But you can grab it from any Asus authorised reseller. Translation - make a trip to Funan DigitaLife Mall or any major electronic retailers, and you should spot it on the shelves.