Asus launches quad-core Android tablet for sub-$330

Will the 8in tablet fare well against Apple’s iPad Mini and the Nexus 7?

Asus is looking to complete its MeMO Pad range with the release of an 8in tablet today. With a sub-$330 price, it will compete against rivals from Google and Apple.

The new tablet features an 8in 1280x800 resolution screen which has a 189 pixel-per-inch (ppi) density.

Inside is a quad-core 1.6GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, with the option of expanding memory via a microSD memory card. This hardware will run Android 4.2 software.

For capturing photos there is a 5MP rear camera capable of recording videos at 720p resolution. A front-facing 1.2MP camera can be used for video conferencing over applications such as Skype.

Asus claims the 3950 milliamp-hour battery will power the MeMO Pad 8 for up to nine hours before needing a charge. It is not a 3G capable tablet, but it does have Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/c/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.

Interestingly the MeMO Pad 8 will compete against the Nexus 7 tablet, which also developed by Asus in conjunction with Google.

The Asus MeMO Pad 8 will be available from retailer Harvey Norman today for $329.

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