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Asus hopes large new MeMO Pad tablets translate into big sales

Asus has unveiled two new Android tablets here at IFA 2013, the MeMO Pad 8 and MeMO Pad 10.

The MeMO Pad lineup currently includes a 7-incher, but Asus will now expand that to 8in - which will provide more screen space than its 7in counterpart - and 10.1in.

The MeMO Pad 8 features a 1,280 x 800 display and its 350g frame is comfortable enough to hold in one hand. It features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 720p HD video recording and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. Asus promised up to 9 hours of battery life thanks to its 3,950mAh lithium polymer battery.

The MeMO Pad 10, meanwhile, also has a 1,280 x 800 display, and both tablets feature LED-backlit with IPS with 10-point capacitive multi-touch. The 10.1in tablet's rear camera is only 2 megapixels, but also includes a 1.2-megapixel front-facing shooter. It should get up to 9.5 hours of battery life via the 5,070mAh lithium polymer battery.

Both tablets run a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and have 1GB of RAM. The MeMO Pad 8 will be available in a 16GB version, while the 10.1in will come in 8GB and 16GB models, expandable via the microSDXC card slot. Buyers can choose between white, grey, and pink.

The MeMO Pads also feature a Micro USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack and support 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0. There are dual speakers with Asus SonicMaster technology and a microphone.

Asus is offering an optional TriCover case to protect the front and back of the device, but it also works as a stand for on-screen typing and watching video.

Pricing and availability were not discussed, but a spokesman said the MeMO Pads will be priced competitively.