Review ASUS MEMO Pad 7 (ME176CX) tablet

    At the Computex 2014 in June, ASUS introduced many new Intel BayTail devices. The updated MEMO Pad 7 now runs on the new Atom Z3745 quad-core processor with a frequency of 1.33 GHz. The device also received a modern version of Android 4.4 KitKat. A nice addition will be a large selection of body colors, among which everyone can choose for themselves. Let's take a closer look at MEMO Pad 7 ME176CX.
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    image Specifications


    Software: Android 4.4 KitKat
    Processor: Intel® Baytrail T Z3745 1.33 GHz (frequency under load up to 1.86 GHz), 4
    RAM cores : 1GB (1066MHz) LPDDR3
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    Screen: 7 "IPS, 1280x800 (WXGA ) up to 10 simultaneous touches
    Built-in memory: 8 / 16GB eMMC
    Battery: 3910 mAh, polymer
    Communication: 802.11b / g / n, BT 4.0, Miracast
    Navigation: GPS / GLONASS
    Sensors: gyroscope, compass, Hall sensor
    Interfaces: microUSB (OTG) , 3.5mm mini-jack for a headset, microSD / SDXC (up to 64GB)
    Cameras: front 0.3 MP, main 2 MP
    Colors:white, black, yellow, turquoise, red
    Dimensions: 189.3x113.7x9.6mm
    Weight: 295 g



    image Equipment


    ASUS MEMO Pad 7 comes in a small box the size of the tablet itself:

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    The latest ASUS tablet models come in packages with an unusual cover design, it looks interesting:

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    Standard equipment: charger and microUSB cable:

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    Charger power 7 watts. Current strength 1.35 A: The

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    good news is the complete absence of plastic glossy surfaces. Charging does not collect fingerprints, the tablet is also completely matte:

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    image Appearance


    The design of the new MEMO Pad resembles the models of last year, a significant difference is the thinner bezel of the display, on the sides its width is 9.75 mm. The case of the device turned out to be monolithic, everything is fitted exactly, no gaps or crevices. When squeezing, there are no backlashes and creaks:

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    Dimensions of the device 189 by 113 mm, thickness 9.6 mm. Weight is small, only 295 g.
    In general, the MEMO Pad is well balanced, very comfortable in the hand.
    The front part is completely covered with glass, the ASUS logo is located under the screen. There are no hardware buttons, only functional buttons at the bottom of the screen:

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    The back panel is made of plastic. The coating is matte, slightly rough and does not collect fingerprints:

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    The camera is located in the upper part, an influx is made around the lens, which protects the camera from scratches when the tablet is on the table. There is another ASUS logo under the camera, and on the opposite side are two speakers:

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    An interesting feature that sets the MEMO Pad apart from the huge mass of tablets is the presence of a wide range of color schemes. The following colors will be available in our country: white, black, yellow, turquoise and red.

    image Interfaces


    Consider the interfaces available to us. On the upper edge are a 3.5 mm mini jack for connecting a headset, microUSB for synchronizing with a computer and charging. There is also a microphone on the top: The

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    connector supports OTG, i.e. You can connect flash drives and various peripherals. Unfortunately, the microUSB-OTG cable is not included, it will have to be purchased separately.
    The right side is occupied by the volume rocker and the screen unlock button:

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    On the left side is a slot for micro SD memory cards. Supported cards up to 64 GB SDHC standard:

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    image Screen


    As usual, the model index indicates the size of the screen diagonal. Standard resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels. The picture looks decent, the text is well read, pixelization is invisible, PPI 215 ppi:

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    A huge plus is the IPS matrix with LED backlight. The screen has bright and saturated colors, wide viewing angles:

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    You will have to set the maximum brightness in the sun, and do it manually - there is no light sensor. Anti-glare coating does not do too well, bright light sources reflect well on the screen:

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    The sensor works perfectly, all touches are instantly processed without delay. Up to 10 simultaneous touches are supported:



    image Camera


    The tablet has two cameras, 0.3 megapixel front for video calls and the main 2 megapixel. There is no autofocus, the shooting quality is satisfactory, which is explained by the budget of the device:

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    Although the tablet received an ordinary camera module, the firmware included a full-fledged photography application with many effects similar to those used in Zenfone phones:



    image Performance


    Intel's new Baytrail platform has performed well in other ASUS mobile devices. Intel T Z3745 has good performance and high runtime. The 4-core processor operates at a frequency of 1.33 GHz, made according to the 20-nm process technology. At high load, it can increase the frequency to 1.86 GHz, while in non-resource-intensive applications, the frequency, on the contrary, decreases. 1 GB RAM and LPDDR3 standard has a higher speed and increased energy efficiency.
    The hardware of the tablet is in no way inferior to devices based on other platforms. In games, the MEMO Pad shows good performance and a nice picture.

    Game Launch Video


    Benchmark results:




    Wi-Fi behaves rather strangely, the speed did not rise above 10 Mbit / s. While other devices showed a steady 30-40 Mbps. Perhaps this is an isolated case or a problem with the firmware.
    The built-in navigation chipset can work simultaneously with GLONASS and GPS. Satellite capture is fast, reception is sure, the tablet can be used as a navigator:



    image Software


    The tablet is running a modern operating system Android 4.4 KitKat. All updates "fly by air", when you turn on the device immediately offered to update the firmware. The interface works smartly, there are no slowdowns and lags, the lists scroll smoothly.

    The MEMO Pad uses a proprietary graphical shell called ZenUI. ASUS designers have proposed simplifying the interface to an intuitive look without losing functionality. In general, ZenUI looks nice, the icons have become simpler and follow modern trends in the user interface. Standard applications also changed for the sake of the general concept. The interface leaves only a pleasant feeling.

    Screenshots of the interface:









    image Battery and Runtime


    The capacity of the built-in polymer battery is 3910 mAh.
    Using a special section in the menu, you can flexibly configure the system for longer operation of the device.
    In power saving mode, the device will turn on wireless only with the active screen. Using the optimized mode, I did not notice any restrictions, everything works as usual. You can flexibly adjust the backlight for videos or sites, determine the permissions for instant messengers to use the Internet:



    Video viewing mode: medium brightness, Wi-Fi off, the tablet worked for 7 hours.
    Reader mode: minimum brightness, Wi-Fi off, the tablet lasted 8.5 hours.
    With constant use of the Internet, watching videos and reading, the charge lasts for 6.5 hours.
    It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery, provided that the original charge is used:



    image Conclusion


    Updated MEMO Pad 7 will be a good helper for most tasks. The tablet received a compact size and light weight. Performance will be enough for all modern applications. The energy-efficient processor allows you to watch videos up to 10 hours without recharging. In general, the device perfectly fulfills its price and demonstrates a good indicator of "price / quality".

    The recommended price is 5990 rubles.

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