Asus announced in a very quiet release post CES a 7 inches Android 4.1 tablet MemoPad ME 172V at a measly $149. A lot of tablets were showcased at CES 2013, but Asus chose to make an announcement on this one after the Consumer Electronics Show had concluded.
Asus Memo Pad ME172V comes with a 7-inch screen that has a display resolution of just 1024X600 pixels. This tablet runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and offers full support for Google Play. It is powered by VIA WM8950 processor clocked at 1GHz which is coupled with a Mali-400 GPU. It sports 1GB of RAM, and an option to choose between 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to by up to 32GB via microSD. Also included in it is 5GB of cloud storage through ASUS WebStorage. The camera action features a 1-megapixel front camera but no back camera. Asus MeMO Pad ME172V offers Wi-Fi connectivity and has a 4270mAh battery.
It is expected to start shipping in April for $149 and is a definite hot look out for if a low priced competitive tablet from a well known brand is what you are looking for.
However for the people really excited to hear about a cheap tablet that could be bought next, let me give a disclaimer as well. Asus has stated that it plans to release the Memo Pad ME 172V only as a tablet launch and no support docks would be available for it, implying if you plan to use it for your computing needs, it might prove to be a tad difficult, but other than that this new one from Asus should make some positive noises in the market.