Normally, the introduction of a new Asus MeMo Pad variant wouldn’t be a big deal, as the Android tablet line includes mostly low-cost, low to mid-end models. But the MeMo Pad 8 KDDI Japan just announced is the exception.
Basically, the only thing this bad boy has in common with the first-gen MeMo Pad 8, launched late last year, is screen size. And for some reason, the name. In every other sense, the fresh slate is a major step forward.
For starters, the display no longer settles. Forget sub-par 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution. You now get Full HD (1,920 x 1,200) crispness. An even bigger breakthrough is the move from one of MediaTek’s budget-conscious chips to a state-of-the-art Intel Atom Z3580.
Clocked at 2.3 GHz, the quad-core powerhouse is based on Silvermont microarchitecture, dubbed Moorefield and, wait for it, 64-bit ready. Guess Apple has someone to fear.
The top-notch CPU inside the MeMo Pad 8 is paired with 2 GB RAM, so you don’t need to worry about multitasking, while the 4,350 mAh should keep the lights on a good 8 hours or so. Of course, the tab’s software is up to date as well (Android 4.4 KitKat), and design-wise, the thing is no pushover either, measuring 7.5 mm thick and tipping the scales at 305 grams.
Such a terrible, terrible shame the new Asus MeMo Pad 8 is headed solely to Japan in the foreseeable future. Specifically, in August.