06
Sep
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Good grief AT&T, there's such a thing as restraint, you know? After launching the Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch and taking online orders for the LG G2 and preorders for the Galaxy Note 3 late last night, Ma Bell has one last device up its metaphorical sleeve: the carrier's first ASUS tablet. The ASUS MeMO Pad FHD LTE 10.0 is now available for order from AT&T's online store and through business channels with free shipping thrown in for good measure.

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The 10-inch tablet can be yours for $399.99 outright, or $299.99 with a two-year contract. (Go for the contract-free pricing on this one - most subsidized phones get a discount of $300 or so.) You can also pick one up on the Next device upgrade plan for $20 a month. At that price you'll get a tablet with a Full HD (1920x1200) LCD screen and a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, which differs considerably from the dual-core Intel Atom on the WiFi model. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage with a MicroSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing cam, a 6760mAh battery, and Android 4.2 with the somewhat light suite of ASUS software running on top.

Again, you can only order the ASUS MeMO Pad FHD LTE 10.0 (OMG WTF BBQ) online, so maybe AT&T is testing the waters with ASUS. That's fine by us: it's about time a U.S. carrier started selling ASUS' solid hardware here in the States, so we'll take what we can get. Any takers? This is a much better deal spec-for-spec than the Galaxy Tab 3, assuming you're OK with a 10-inch tablet.

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ASUS MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 LTE

A versatile tablet with a 10-inch display that is viewable up to a 178-degree angle. Starting September 6th, the ASUS MeMO Pad will be available exclusively to AT&T customers, online as well as through AT&T business channels, for $299.99 with a two-year agreement. More details found at the AT&T consumer blog: http://blogs.att.net/consumerblog/story/a7790668

Feature Highlights:

· 10.1 inch Full HD display

· Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor

· 16 GB of internal storage

· 6760mAH battery -  up to eight hours of power.

· ASUS SonicMaster audio technology and speaker system

· 5-megapixel rear-facing camera; 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera

· Multi-User feature allows up to seven separate users per tablet

Source: AT&T

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • PhoenixPath

    The temptation is great. $400 for a 10" tablet that probably works better than my Nexus 10 (WiFi issues...try getting support from Google or Sammy on one bought from Walmart).

    Do you have to be an AT&T user to get this thing?

    • Matthew Merrick

      You could certainly buy it off contract and use it as WiFi Only without ever paying a dime for AT&T service, if that's what you mean. But don't expect it to work on any other carriers.

      • PhoenixPath

        That's exactly what I mean, and; No.

        After talking with AT&T, since it is an online-only item at this point, there is no way to purchase it without a data plan (The checkout process requires it).

        If it ever actually hits stores, it may be possible....but that's a big if.

        • Matthew Merrick

          annnnnd you're wrong. hit the month-to-month button right there, it'll give you it off contract, supposedly so you an use it with an AT&T month-to-month plan.

          though in retrospect this deice should work with any AT&T MNVO, so even if you do want service for it going the GoPhone or AIO route will be cheaper.

          • PhoenixPath

            ...aaand try going through the ordering process next time.

            It will *not* let you order the device as a "new customer" without a data plan.

            Thanks for trying, though.

  • housemouse

    Here's a scoop for anyone who has never owned an Asus made tablet. No doubt they are an excellent choice and work well but....their service structure is really bad and repairs will double the original cost of your machine....just saying, tread carefully