Right off the bat, the MeMO 171 is hit with the tagline of “A Pad you need is also a Phone indeed,” which seemingly highlights the phone aspects of this upcoming 7” tablet. In addition, it seems as though that it’ll be bundled with a MeMIC Bluetooth headset that will allow users to make phone calls, read messages, and listen to various media. Strangely though, this bundle isn’t going to be available in all regions seeing that it’ll vary depending on the country and SKU. Nevertheless, it makes for a great addition in differentiating this tablet from most things out there.
In terms of specs, it confirms all the items we already know about it, such as its 7” WXGA (1280 x 800) LED backlit Super IPS+ display with Gorilla Glass, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a built-in stylus for all your note taking needs. Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that it’ll be running Android 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box, but it’s indeed upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich – albeit, it’s anyone’s guess as to when that’ll happen.
Interestingly, it’s rumored that the Asus MeMO 171 will become available for purchase in Asia starting March 5th for approximately $600 (17,900 Taiwan dollars). Needless to say, that seems a bit extravagant for a 7” tablet, but it’s blessed with cellular connectivity to give users the ability to make/receive phone calls as well.
source: Asus & Eprice (translated) via PocketNow