Asus updates MeMO Pad to high definition, a not-quite-Nexus 7 for $199

Some people don’t want to spend more than $250 on a tablet, and that’s cool, which is why Asus – maker of Google’s Nexus 7 – is trying to undercut that model with a budget friendly tab.

The new tablet is an update to the first MeMO Pad which appeared in Australia at the beginning of the year, and brought a 7 inch Android tablet experience to customers for $199.

With the new model, the price and size hasn’t changed, but the specs have, with Asus bringing the Pad into the high definition realm, complete with the “HD” moniker and a 720p capable screen running 1280×800. The processor here is a quad-core 1GHz chip, running alongside 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, and Google’s Android 4.2.

Two cameras are included on the tablet, with a 5 megapixel on the back and a 1.2 megapixel on the front, just in case you decide to use the tablet as a big camera – we won’t judge, we swear – as well as a card reader capable of expanding the 16GB storage, and support for wireless over Bluetooth 4 and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n.

Asus claims the battery should last around ten hours, and aims to protect the tablet through the course of a regular day with two types of optional covers: the Persona will keep the tablet snugly and protect it, while the TransCover borrows from a design Asus previously used in one of its Windows tablets where it folds into a stand like it was made with origami.

The previous MeMO Pad hasn’t been around for long, and so you should begin to see reduced pricing on that model, especially since this new model will be fetching the same original $199 price, hitting stores right about, well, now.