This year’s Google I/O came and went without so much as a mention of the Google Nexus 7 HD tablet, let alone its eventual release date or the price it would eventually carry. Why this was the case remains a mystery and the Nexus 7 is coming dangerously close to the end of its life-cycle an d Google really needs to be thinking about an upgrade in the very near future.
Meanwhile, one of the stars of the show at Computex this week was the unexpected debut of the Asus MemoPad HD7 – a device which by rights carries almost the exact same makeup as we’d expected to see from the Google Nexus HD. Could it be that the Asus MemoPad HD7 represents the bare-bones of the upcoming Nexus 7 HD, or was it indeed supposed to launch as the Nexus 7 HD but for some reason was pulled at the last minute?
Unlikely – chances are Asus simply wanted to build on the recipe for success it came up with last time around by ticking a few more boxes.
The Asus MemoPad HD7 gains a pretty serious edge on the existing Google Nexus 7 in three highly important departments. As we’d come to expect would feature on the Nexus 7 HD, the MemoPad HD7 packs an HD touchscreen of 7-inches, a 5-megapixel rear camera and support micro-SD cards – none of which can be said about the existing Nexus 7.
And if all this wasn’t enough, the MemoPad HD7 is to launch with an SRP of just $149, making it monstrously cheaper than any Nexus 7 you can lay your hands on today. Topping it off, it’s also thinner and lighter than the Nexus 7 and has a smaller bezel around the screen.
Or in other words, it’s pretty much the projected Nexus 7 HD with a different badge.
Well, almost – the MemoPad HD7 falls a little short of the mark by packing a Cortex-A7 chipset, but according to initial tests of the thing it actually outperforms the Nexus 7 too.
So in the absence of a Google Nexus 7HD release date to look forward to – why not take home exactly what we’ve all been hoping it would be in the form of the $149 MemoPad HD7?