2012-02-22 13h03_48

Back at CES, ASUS announced a pair of MeMO tablets: the 171 and 370T. The latter caused quite a stir, as it packs NVIDIA's powerhouse Tegra 3 superchip under the hood, along with a 7-inch 1280x800 display, all for under $250. The former, however, is a different beast altogether, as it sports an interesting array of included accessories.

While we patiently wait for more details about the 370T to surface, ASUS has quietly launched the landing page for the 171, showcasing its dual-use nature. Before we go any further, though, here is a quick look at what the 171 has to offer:

  • 7-inch display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD slot
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • microUSB and microHDMI ports
  • Android 3.2 (will be upgraded to 4.0)
  • Integrated stylus
  • MeMIC Bluetooth headset for calls

2012-02-22 13h02_23

Notice the last thing on that list? That's what makes the MeMO 171 unique. It offers a small handset-style Bluetooth addon that brings call and SMS functionality to the tablet. The MeMIC doesn't stop there, though, you can also use it to listen to music, check your calendar, and more.

While we're still not certain when this tablet is expected to his the market, we do know that it is slated for a Q2 release and it will not be available in North America (presumably because the 370T will be released in NA).

Update: The MeMO 171 is slated for a release in Asia on March 5th, and it will cost $600 USD.

[via Liliputing; ePrice; Thanks, Marco!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Lon Lawrence

    The 171 isn't going to be released in NA because the 370 is going to be released here? What a crock. They are not the same thing. The 370 doesn't have a phone in it. Come on, we want the phone tablet here!

    • Rob

      Be glad you're not here in the UK, we don't get the nice cheap 370T because we get Padfone instead =/

    • http://www.facebook.com/gotoHellenWaite Hellen Waite

      Definitely should be available here in the US - why are we getting shortchanged on the good stuff ??!!

  • Deltaechoe

    use voip for the the 370

    • Deltaechoe

      Also, $600? Holy cheese balls! That's almost as expensive as a transformer prime with a keyboard dock...yikes

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Not available in North America? What the .... Asus..

  • Kenny O

    Nokia made a blue tooth device that was kinda like the MeMic, it was a small lcd screen on a lanyard with a single ear piece and mic built in - once it paired it with your phone it downloaded your phone book, you could read/send sms and some other stuff as well. I don't think it was ever released in NA, just in Europe. It was really cool and very useful as you didn't have to dig your phone out of your pocket or bag. I know now they are making a lot of watches that are similar, but the ability to make calls was the best part.

  • rmm200

    $600 puts it right up against the Samsung 7.7, which I feel has far better specs and display.