updated 09:15 pm EDT, Tue April 10, 2012
Tegra 3 tablet arrives at equivalent of $585 USD
ASUS' Eee Pad MeMO ME171 tablet has finally arrived in Taiwan, where early buyers have had a chance to benchmark the device. Initial unboxing shots posted on Netbook News show a build that is slightly thinner than Samsung's original Galaxy Tab, though its seven-inch 1280x800 display is slightly smaller than the 7.7-inch panel on the Tab 7.7.
The device appears to match the specs and features of the MeMO ME370T, which was first confirmed in January at CES. The company also announced yet another variant based on NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, however the ME171 and ME370T are powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
Interestingly enough, the dual-core version, which currently runs Android 3.2 rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, appears to selling for more than twice the $249 USD price that was promised for the quad-core variant. Customers in Taiwan are reportedly paying 17,500NT (~$585 USD) for the ME171, though prices in North America typically fall below the Asian pricing.
ASUS has yet to announce a launch date for the quad-core MeMO variant.