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ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 preview: second time's the charm

It's been a little quiet of late in the Android tablet market, but recently we've seen some movement again, especially amongst smaller, more affordable slates. The ASUS Memo Pad HD 7, which we're looking at today, falls into that category. The original 7in Memopad that we tested didn't manage to leave a great impression, so it will be interesting to see how ASUS' second attempt turns out.

It's beginning to look increasingly likely that the 10in tablet market will eventually disappear. The big names for Android tablets are focusing more on smaller products. Samsung, for example, launched the Note 8.0, Acer has the 7in and 8in Iconia Tab B1 and A1, and ASUS hasn't introduced any new high-end 10in tablets after last year's Transformer Pad Infinity. The only recent larger tablet is Sony's Xperia Tablet Z.

The ASUS Memopad HD 7 is the second 7in tablet the Taiwanese company has released in a relatively short time-frame. The original Memopad 7 was an example of cutting too many corners, the screen was subpar and the SoC was slow. It's a product we'd not recommend spending your money on.

On paper, the Memopad HD 7 already looks like a better product than the first one. Instead of a 1,024 x 600 panel, it has a HD display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. That's a first for this price segment (the Memopad HD 7 has a recommended price of £145). Aside from the fact that Android for tablets was developed with a 16:10 aspect ratio in mind (which 1,024 x 600 isn't), the higher resolution also adds more workspace. You can read the rest of ASUS Memo Pad HD 7 preview on (opens in new tab).