Asus, a Taiwanese manufacturer, joined the Android tablet market quite early, with the Transformer product being launched in 2011. However, it was not until early this year that the company began to pay attention to the price tablet market. Cheap, with Asus MeMO Pad products.
The first MeMO Pad tablet was a cheap product, but it came with not high quality. After that Asus has really improved and brought a product of good quality and reasonable price, MeMO Pad HD7.
Compared to the two products above, the MeMO Pad FHD 10 is no longer a cheap product, its genuine price is 10 million. However, with a quite powerful configuration, high definition screen and support for 3G connectivity, the price of this product can still be considered cheap compared to its specifications.
MeMO Pad FHD 10: sharp screen, decent performance
MeMO Pad FHD 10 has a similar shell to the HD7, with a smooth plastic back cover with four colors white, pink and dark blue. The front of the device is similar to other Asus tablets, with a thick screen bezel and the Asus logo located at the top of the screen. Thick screen borders will make it easier to hold, but the borders at the top and bottom of the screen (when holding the device horizontally) are still a bit wide and excessive.
The screen border of the device is a bit thick and redundant
In terms of size, the machine is slightly larger horizontal than the iPad 4, equivalent thin but much lighter (580 g compared to about 650 g of iPad 4), but compared to competing devices in the same range. The price is Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, FHD 10 is still thicker and heavier. The screen corners and the back cover near the sides of the device are rounded, so holding the device in your hand does not feel uncomfortable.
Power button and two MicroUSB and MicroHDMI ports of the machine
The power button of FHD 10 is located on the top edge, but slightly on the back, so sometimes difficult to press. On the right side of the device is a volume rocker and a combined headphone / microphone jack, while communication ports and card slots are concentrated on the left side. The device supports MicroSD memory card, MicroSIM tray, connects to the computer using a common MicroUSB port, and also supports exporting via MicroHDMI port.
The back of the device is plastic, looks pretty but is easy to get dirty and scratches
On the back, the plastic material of the machine looks a bit like metal. However, the back cover of the device is quite easy to grip fingerprints and scratches. Other notable details on the back include dual speakers and a 5 megapixel camera. The glass covering the front of the FHD 10 is also easy to grip, and hard to clean.
The plastic base of the device is not thick but enough to use
Among FHD 10 accessories, besides charging and USB cables, Asus also bundled a plastic base to support the device. While this plastic base doesn’t look very plump, it still does a good job of keeping the device on the table.
The appearance of MeMO Pad FHD 10 is not impressive, like an ordinary tablet of Asus. However, the thickness and weight of the device are at a reasonable level, the screen border is large enough and the rounded corners are light for a comfortable feeling to use the machine.
The most impressive parameter on the MeMO Pad FHD 10 is probably the screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, using IPS display technology. At less than 10 million VND, genuine tablets do not reach this resolution. With a pixel density of 226 ppi, the Memo Pad FHD screen displays movie content, photos or surf the web well, though not as sharp as high-end products like iPad 4 or Google Nexus 10.
The glossy screen makes the FHD 10 screen difficult to see outdoors
The weakness of Asus tablet products is that they always use high-gloss screens. This makes the screen look more “glitter” when used, but feels uncomfortable when used in an environment with lots of light, because you will often see your images reflected in the screen. Figure.
If dissatisfied with the color, users can adjust the display with Asus Splendid
Another weakness of the screen is the relatively low maximum brightness. When we turned the white screen on to the highest brightness and used the brightness meter, the result was 270 nits. This figure is quite low when compared to high-end tablets, usually about 400 nits or more brightness. With a low maximum brightness and a glossy screen, FHD 10 will be a bit difficult to see in the sun.
The dual speakers on FHD 10 help the device show good sound
The speakerphone is also a remarkable point on the FHD 10. The device is equipped with dual speakers, although relatively small in size, and located on the back, but also provides a good audio experience. The maximum volume level of the speaker is not large, so it will be a little difficult to hear if the surrounding space is noisy.
The camera on tablets is only a secondary feature, with a decent quality, but it provides an additional option for users to take photos. MeMO Pad FHD 10 has two cameras, with the resolution of the front and back cameras being 1.3MP and 5MP respectively. The two cameras also support video recording, with resolutions of 720p and 1080p respectively.
Although the camera specifications are almost identical to the Nexus 7, the photography interface of the FHD 10 is designed by Asus, thus more intuitive than Google’s products. Focus speed of the machine is also very fast, supports autofocus in the middle of the image. However, due to the large screen, the camera resolution is not high, so the display image is bad when viewing and there is much noise, this is also a common problem with tablets.
Actual photos taken of FHD 10 are only average quality, not impressive. When taken in sunny weather conditions, photos are often pale compared to reality, the level of detail is average. When taking photos at night, the camera is not standard, but the brightness of the image is still quite good.
Some photos from Asus MeMO Pad FHD 10 (click on the image to view in larger size):
Performance and battery
MeMO Pad FHD 10 is released in many versions, with different hardware configurations. The FHD 10 version sold in Vietnam uses Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor system, with four Krait processor cores running at a maximum speed of 1.5 GHz, Adreno 320 graphics core and 2 GB RAM. Internal memory capacity of the device is 16 GB, of which the actual remaining capacity to use is about 12 GB. Users can also add memory using a MicroSD memory card.
In terms of configuration, the FHD 10 is equivalent to the 2013 Nexus 7, so I expect the performance evaluation results of the two machines will be similar. However, after the evaluation process, FHD 10 scores much higher than Nexus 7 in overall assessments such as AnTuTu and Quadrant, but lower in GFXBench graphics performance evaluation.
When used in practice, FHD 10 brings quite a smooth experience when used. The device switches very quickly between screens, plays movies well with Full HD resolution, can run quite heavy games like Asphalt 8 or Riptide GP. PDF processing speed of the machine is similar to Nexus 7, but the large screen makes reading more comfortable.
MeMO Pad FHD 10 handles PDF magazine files well
According to information provided by Asus, the battery of FHD 10 has a capacity of 25Wh, equivalent to about 6750 mAh. During our evaluation, when we used the device for about 2 hours a day, most of which was surfing the web, playing movies for about 20 minutes, and playing FIFA 14 games for about 40 minutes, the device only used more than 50 minutes. % the battery. With such intensity, I can use FHD 10 within 2 days to charge.
When using the battery review by watching movies with 720p resolution until the battery ran out, MeMO Pad FHD 10 reached 6 hours 4 minutes. This time is quite low compared to the tablet, usually reaches movie time of about 8-10 hours. The results of the machine with the game review is better, reaching 4 hours 30 minutes.
MeMO Pad FHD 10 is installed with Android OS version 4.2.2, with Asus interface. The most noticeable difference in this interface is the notification bar. Instead of the traditional Android 4.2 notification bar, which allows dragging down from two corners of the screen with different functions, FHD 10 has a common section for quick notification and adjustment.
Floating widget feature allows users to do many things at the same time
This tablet is also pre-loaded with many Asus utility software, of which two noteworthy utilities are Floating widget (minimize the application running on the screen) and Media frame. Floating widget is a function that allows some applications of Asus, including movie applications, browsers, computers … displayed in a small box on the screen, while turning on other applications. This feature is quite interesting when allowing users to do many things at the same time, but the movie application of the device has a poor performance, when turning on HD 720p movies in MKV format, watching movies is jerky.
Media frame is an application that allows turning the device into a digital photo frame. In the settings, the user can choose to display a specific photo album or movie, and when the screen is off, the content will automatically turn on. This function is quite interesting, especially when combined with the plastic frame that comes with the device. The settings also allow users to customize the display time, turn it on only when the charger is plugged in or transition effects.
In terms of specifications, MeMO Pad FHD 10 has many similarities with Nexus 7, both in terms of resolution, configuration and the same manufactured by Asus. The biggest difference between the two is the screen size, one with a 7-inch screen and the other with a 10-inch screen.
However, FHD 10 is not a Nexus 7 with a large screen. In terms of design, the materials of FHD 10 are not comparable to Nexus 7, in which the most complaint is that the device is fingerprinted a lot. The screen is larger, but the ball and brightness are lower than the Nexus 7. It also doesn’t have some features like NFC or wireless charging.
Besides, FHD 10 also has its own advantages. It has a memory card slot to add capacity, MicroHDMI port to output the screen to a large screen. The default version of FHD 10 also supports 3G connectivity, while the lowest version of Nexus 7 only has a WiFi connection.
At the price of 10 million VND, Android tablets are not much noticeable, most notably Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with inferior specifications, while Nexus 10 has impressive specifications, only portable products. At the price of 10 million, users can not buy a new iPad 4 4G / 3G version, but only find the old iPad 3. With a large screen, good quality, high performance, MeMO Pad FHD 10 is a good tablet option for less than 10 million.