Asus unveils $149 Memo Pad tablet, one that looks like a Nexus 7

Asus has announced a new entry-level tablet, the Memo Pad tablet just after CES 2013. The tablet looks a lot like the very popular Nexus 7 but comes with an inferior configuration compared to Google's device and will target emerging markets.

The device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is powered by a single core VIA WM8950 system-on-chip clocked at 1GHz, comes with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, 5GB of online storage courtesy of Asus, a headphone socket, a microUSB port plus a 7in 1,024x600 pixels resolution.

It will go on sale in the US and in other territories towards the end of the month. Acer’s Iconia B1 model will also land end of January. The US model will arrive with Hulu Plus, Netflix, HBO Go as well as some Asus applications like MyPainter or MyBitast; expect the Memo Pad to appear in flesh at the Mobile World Congress end of February when Asus will have a major launch party.

Obviously, the device doesn’t have a fighting chance against the Google Nexus 7 tablet and will struggle against the B1 which has a dual-core processor. Asus hasn’t confirmed when and at what price the Memo Pad will launch in the UK.