Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10 Review
For the longest time that we can remember, most of the Android tablets floating about have been ARM based. As a rival, Intel has been the player looking from the outside as Google’s mobile platform has proliferated to a very competitive platform in the space. Fortunately, Asus is one of the major players that is giving Intel some love, as the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10 is the first from the Taiwan based company’s portfolio to feature a chipset from Intel. A bold move no doubt, but let’s find out what the transition is going to be like.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
Conventional is the name of the game here, it doesn’t try to be daring whatsoever.
Meh. That’s essentially what comes to mind the instant we feast our eyes on the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10, seeing that it doesn’t try to do anything daring with its design. Instead, it’s pretty much the usual variety from Asus’ camp, which is a boring slate design we’ve been exposed to countless of times with the company for the last year or so. In comparison to some of its past high-end offerings, this one isn’t as premium sadly to say – nor is it the skinniest or lightest. With a textured rear casing that has a subtle soft touch finish, it undoubtedly maintains a clean finish, but frankly speaking, there isn’t anything too polarizing with its overall design.
Around the edges, we have its microUSB port, power button, volume control, microphone, 3.5mm headset jack, and noise-cancelling mic. Affordable in price point obviously, we’re comforted to find the tablet sporting additional amenities like a microSD card slot to supplement its internal storage, and a handy microHDMI port for quick and easy video-out functionality.
In the rear, two long notches on the left and right edges hide away its internal speakers, which offers Asus’ exclusive SonicMaster audio technology. Rounding things out, it features a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a front-facing 1.2-megapixel one.
It’s thrilling to find better than 1080p resolution here, but its bland colors and poor visibility dashes any of our hopes.
As its name so kindly tells us, it’s packing a full HD display – though technically, it’s better than 1080p resolution. Specifically, it’s a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, which gives it a pixel density count of 226 ppi. Far from cracking the class leaders in the space, the resolution is ample enough to give small text a crisp enough look. However, the colors that it produces is rather dull in tone – giving the display an overall washed out tone. Furthermore, it’s challenge trying to view it outdoors in direct sunlight.
1. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
The Z2560 was last year's processor. Bay Trail T is Intel's new low TDP SoC meant to compete against ARM. It's a shame that OEMs aren't offering Bay Trail T on their new tablets and are instead opting to purchase and put in last year's processor. And it's not that Bay Trail T tablets can't be affordable. Asus's own Transformer Book T100 is only $350 with Bay Trail T.
Nevertheless, consumers are woefully ignorant when it comes to SoCs, most of them don't really care what SoC is in their tablet as long as it works, and I'm guessing 90% of them wouldn't even be able to tell you the difference between ARM and Intel.
3. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Bay Trail is:
b) Has worse peformance than Exynos 5420 or Snapdragon 800 (similar CPU and worse GPU)
The only merit it could have is to be more battery friendly than them, but I doubt even that.
As far as Intel keeps ignoring the GPU part in the SoCs and overpricing them it will keep on failing in the mobile market.
4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 692; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I'd much rather get a tablet running on Cortex A7 processors than Intel's. Cheaper, yet offering about the same performance
5. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Only merit it could have is being more battery friendly? Do you live in an alternate universe? Bay Trail is fast as hell on my Asus T100 running full windows 8. The thing cost me $299 on sale and gets through a full day solidly on a single charge. I think Asus advertises 11 hours battery life
I'd love to see a snapdragon 800 handle full microsoft office and some of my excel macros that I need to run for work. Oh, wait a minute...
6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
CPU bench comparison:
GPU bench comparison:
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As I said: very similar CPU (in fact Snapdragon beats the Z3740 easily) and humillation in the GPU front.
Sorry, did you say?
7. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
for you to say there's no merit in using an intel chip over a snapdragon or a samsung chip is just unsubstantiated. even with your benchmark comparisons. maybe asus realizes that there is more opportunity than what is afforded to them in the current mobile processor space by arm. furthermore it seems like their is somewhat of a "partnership" that has developed between intel and asus that appears will be mutually beneficial to both of them in the future. I would partner with intel too especially if I had any skin in the PC game. benchmarks only show part of the picture. just food for thought
8. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Also your gpu comparison states that the Transformer T100 has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. That's incorrect. I would say that alone invalidates the gpu scores
9. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Sorry, but any Z3740 scores around those values, so it does not.
Anandtech, Tom's harware... pick your choice and all o them present the same picture, a GPU that is under the one in Tegra4 and well under the Exynos 5420, the SD 800 or the Apple A7.
And a CPU power that is by no means able to compensate that deficiency.
May be it's you who lives in an alternative universe?
10. Mike_L.13 (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Alright I concede. You are correct and I am wrong. All oems should use ARM chips and ditch anything intel soc. I'm glad you tried to understand the crux of my argument. Thank you for responding & have a nice day
11. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
That's the Z3470 in the comparison, which isn't Bay Trail T's fastest SoC.
Here's the Z3770 in Geekbench, and it scores over 1000 in single-core and over 3000 in multi-core.
Also, the Snapdragon 800 does indeed have a better GPU, but Bay Trail T x86 allows for a better library of games via Steam.
So which is more important to you? Playing Angry Birds at 120 FPS, or being able to play League of Legends?
12. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Let's say that apart from finding a little bit rediculous that you have gotten the higher result of the more than 200 to make your point... yes, I chose the z3470 cause it's the one Mike referred to and I hate when people refer to Bay Trail as if it was a chip (like he does) when it's a family, raging from the Snapdragon 600 to 800 in power.
1000/3000 points is in the range of Snapdragon 800, depends just on the implementation, so my point of "very similar CPU" is still valid.
As for steam I can give you that, but if you are a gamer like that (I'm not) I doubt you should be using Bay trail, or any other mobile SoC for the matter.
Bay trail has the advantage of running ALL legacy programs in windows, no doubt about that. But the discussion here was about if it was worth to use it in Android compare to the ARM implementations. Which was just my point.
13. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Actually your point about the Snapdragon 800 being "very similar" to Bay Trail is not valid, seeing as how you said, and I quote, "in fact Snapdragon beats the Z3740 easily". Which is true, but Z3770 beats the Snapdragon 800 easily.
Also, if you've ever tested a Bay Trail device like the Asus T100, you would realize that the interface is smooth, snappy, and responsive. GPU performance from Clover Trail to Bay Trail improved by roughly SIX TIMES.
Hence why it's a shame that OEMs don't implement Bay Trail.
And GPU performance for the interface has a diminishing return, because once you reach a certain framerate your eyes won't be able to perceive a greater framerate.
The only scenario where a strong GPU would benefit the most would be in gaming. And once again, Bay Trail offers the entire x86 library of PC games.
Asus is also working on dual-booting devices with both Android and Windows. I wouldn't be surprised if a device came with Bay Trail but could boot both Android and Windows.
Also, Bay Trail is not expensive either. The Asus T100 is a $350 Bay Trail laptop/tablet hybrid. Imagine if it didn't come with the keyboard, that's easily another $100 off the price maybe?
Hence why pushing Bay Trail onto mobile devices like tablets make more and more sense.
14. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Sorry, but my point remains the same.
Bay Trail makes sense for windows devices, where Microsoft is castrating the OS for ARM chips.
Bay Trail is also good is you compare it with the pervious Atom generation (as you did).
But when you compare with the current top SoCs in ARM implementations, Bay Trail is more expensive and have less GPU performance.
So it´s not a good choice for pure Android tablets (a different matter is hybrids as you said, where pretty much there is no other choice)
17. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Once again, explain to me how BayTrail is more expensive? Because it simply is not.
Dell Venue 8 Pro is an 8 inch tablet with Bay Trail for $250, and it comes with full Windows 8.1. How many 8 inch tablets do you know of that are less than $250?
And I already explained to you about GPU performance. Once you get past a certain smoothness for user interfaces, increasing GPU power has diminishing returns, unless you're playing games. But then if you're a serious gamer, you wouldn't even be looking into mobile games.
18. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
So your point is something like: if it´s coming from intel it´s OK to pay more for less? Sorry, but I don´t get it.
Bay Trail is more expensive than most chips, here your have the prices.
While Qualcomm or Tegra chips are around $30, not around $40.
There are LOADS of tablets with Android under $250, in fact most of them, but I´m not going to google that for you too. EG: ACER iconia a1-810
20. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
You just shot yourself in the foot with that link.
If you actually paid attention, the Z3740 (same SoC that's in the Asus T100) is only $32. So, $2 more for a superior SoC? I'd pay it for it.
The $41 SoC is the old Z2760 which is Clover Trail.
And funny that you mentioned the Acer Iconia A1-810. Because the new Acer Iconia A1-830 is only $150 for an 8 inch tablet (THE CHEAPEST 8 INCH TABLET YOU CAN BUY), and guess what? It runs an Intel Clover Trail chip.
Once again you failed to explain how Bay Trail is more expensive.
21. TylerGrunter (Posts: 874; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Sorry, but it's $2 MORE for an INFERIOR chipset.
Bay Trail Z3740 loses both in CPU & GPU performance compared to Snapdragon 800 as demonstrated in my previous links.
The Z3770 is the one that is abit better in CPU and a LOT worse in GPU, and it's $7 more expensive.
There are tablets with 8 inches as low as $100 in the Android world, but I'm not going to search them for you. Learn to Google yourself. And the discussion was over Bay Trail, not Clover Trail that Intel is probably given for nearly free in order to clean stock as it was a big flop.
That's why tablets like the Asus MeMo Pad FHD 10 and the Acer Iconia A1-830, and even some Samsung ones are using it: it's on sales.
2. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5216; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
But the problem is that will it get updated to Android KitKat with the new ZenUI? Because I don't really trust Asus on their updates, my uncle's old Asus Fonepad is still running Android 4.1 and it didn't receive any major updates to 4.2 or 4.3, it only receive a minor update sometimes.
This is a good tablet, but what I want to know is that will it get updated to Android KitKat?
16. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Well my problem with the review is that its not for an at&t asus memo pad. The at&t version sports a quad core snapdragon 8064 at 1.5 GHz check out at&t's website. This version can be found on newegg and didn't come from at&t.
19. vakkah (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jan 2014)
just a question?
what has become/became of the LTE version of this tablet?
apart from the 16Gb version offered by AT+T, i can't find this tablet for sale online with the 3G/4G frequency bands for use in the USA..
would anybody know/have a link to a valid online seller that offers the 4G/LTE version of this tablet for usa/north america use?
is the 32Gb variant of the 4G/LTE available anywhere?