• Operating System: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU
  • Screen: 8-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) IPS panel
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio, microSD
  • Others: 5 megapixel HD rear camera, 1.2 megapixel HD front camera
  • Dimensions: 212.8 x 127.4 x 9.95mm
  • Weight: 350g
  • Pros:
  • Affordable price
  • microSD card slot
  • Decent battery life
  • Cons:
  • Sluggish performance
  • Benchmark Results
  • AnTuTu: 4,273 points
  • 3DMark (Ice Storm): 20,528 points
  • PCMark 7 (Computation): 4,130 points
  • 3DMark (Ice Storm Extreme): 3,098 points

Minor Changes

ASUS’ MeMO Pad family continues to grow and it is now made up of six devices each one designed to cater to consumers who want an affordable tablet that looks good, performs well and doesn’t compromise on features. We got to spend some quality time with the MeMO Pad 8 this month and here are our thoughts on it.

Design wise, the MeMO Pad 8 looks pretty identical to the MeMO Pad and MeMO Pad HD7 and the only main difference is that its display is just an inch larger. Similar to those models, you can easily tell that ASUS took design cues from the Google Nexus 7 and made little changes. Our review unit came in white and it is glossy from top to bottom and front to back. It makes the device look a little too plasticky but its build is actually very solid.

Like we mentioned above, if you have seen or played with the previous MeMO Pads before, nothing much has changed as all the ports buttons and features are right where they were before. For an 8-inch device, it actually feels very comfortable to hold but of course, you will definitely have to use two hands to operate it.

Other than the slight size increase, the MeMO Pad 8 also boasts just a minute upgrade to its hardware as it now powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU. Other than that, the RAM is still just 1GB. Its specs may not be up there with the other high-end tablets but then again, this is supposed to be for the mainstream market and it actually does its job very well. It was smooth and snappy throughout our testing period but does tend to chug a little when there are too many things in the background. Gaming performance is a mixed bag as it was quite laggy in graphics intensive games like Dead Trigger 2 but had no problem with titles like Angry Birds.

Despite being larger in size, ASUS didn’t really give it a much larger battery and if they did, we think this would easily be one of their best sellers. But the 3,950mAh battery does a decent job as it lasted us close to a day on a single charge with moderate use.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Much like our verdicts on the previous ASUS MeMO Pads, we have to say that for its very affordable price, the MeMO Pad 8 is actually a very good device. It may have some issues in the performance department but we’re quite sure users who do get this tablet aren’t exactly looking to play games or run multiple apps at the same time.

(previously published in issue December 2013)