The busiest bee of the still ongoing Computex 2014 tech fair in Taiwan may have put an end to the prolonged string of product announcements, but fresh Asus devices will likely be staying in the spotlight for an extra few weeks.
That’s because mum’s the word on pretty much all of these gadgets’ ETAs and price tags. But the mystery is beginning to unravel, thanks to Amazon, where a trio of Android-running Asus-made gear can be pre-ordered starting today.
The MeMo Pad 7 ME176, MeMo Pad 8 ME181 and Transformer Pad TF103C will all ship from June 22 onwards, with the cheapest of the bunch valued at $149. The 7 incher offers Android 4.4 KitKat smoothness, Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail power, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB built-in storage space and 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution for the dough, tipping the scales at 10.4 ounces and measuring 0.4 inches thick.
The color palette ranges from black to red, white and yellow, unlike the $200 MeMo Pad 8, available solely in black and white. The larger fellow is oddly thinner than its 7-inch sibling and basically Xeroxes MeMo Pad 7’s hardware and software, not looking like it warrants the $50 premium.
Finally, the Transformer Pad TF103C costs $299, a reasonable ask for a tablet that’s not just bigger, at 10 inches, but also extra versatile and productive, courtesy of a keyboard docking station included in the list price.
Again, the specs are mostly identical to MeMo Pads, with the same Bay Trail chip inside the hood, 1 GB RAM and pre-loaded KitKat, though battery life increases greatly when the Transformer Pad is used as a mini-laptop.