The ASUS MeMo Pad 7 is the new 7-inch tablet from ASUS, combining an affordable price tag with the Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processor. Today we get a first taste of the device before its expected official launch at Computex next month. On thing that immediately stands out is the use of an x86 Atom chip from Intel, an addition that should make for a fierce performance boost and offer an affordable tablet that packs a level of performance that we are more accustomed to seeing on higher end ARM-based devices.
The Ukrainian site ITC.au has managed to get an early hands on with the MeMO Pad 7 ME176C before its official launch, not only providing some of the first photos of the new product, but also seizing the chance to run some early benchmarks. As previously reported, the ME176C offers an Intel Atom Z3745 with four 1.33 GHz cores (1.86 GHz via Turbo Boost), 1GB of RAM, a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of internal flash memory, MicroSD slot, n grade Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 , GPS, 2MP front camera and 5MP rear cam, a 3910mAh battery, all in a device that weighs 295 grams in a chassis 9.6 mm thick. The 7-inch IPS panel has a resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels and according to the test offers a somewhat weak maximum brightness of 265 lumens. It should be noted that the brightness control must apparently be adjusted by hand, because (if I have correctly understood the Google translation) the device has no corresponding hardware sensor.
In terms of performance, how much difference does the new Bay Trail system-on-chip from Intel make? This is a first look at how at how the Intel Z3745 performs under Android, so our interest is plenty piqued. In AnTuTu the ASUS MeMO Pad ME176C came to just over 32,000 points and is thus at the level of a Sony Xperia Z2 which packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and slightly below the Tegra 4 from Nvidia and other smartphones with Snapdragon 801 as the Galaxy S5, and even the HTC One M8 . It also beats the Galaxy Note 3 and its Snapdragon 800 SoC. In Vellamo Metal, the new ASUS tablet lands somewhere between between last year’s flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 and the original HTC One (M7). The battery provides at a brightness of 100 lumens for a period of approximately 10 hours of video playback.
In terms of design, ASUS have revised its new 7-inch model slightly, with a narrow frame on the left and right of the display plus a new in-house developed UI. In the past Asus undertook only minor changes to the Android user interface, something we were quite happy with. However, as we move to Android 4.4.2 “KitKat”, we see Asus rolling out their new ZenUI. We got our first taste of the ZenUI a week or so ago with the new ZenFone 6 phablet and it looks good. Generally the design is characterized by a much flatter look, with many round icons and a touch of of the of Windows 8 Metro design. ZenUI includes some nice touches to the browser and the various sub-menus of the OS, and actually makes a substantial difference to the standard design of the Android.
Thanks to itc.ua