Hands On Video: ASUS MeMO 171 – 7-inch Tablet With Stylus and Bluetooth Companion Phone


The final tablet we got our hands on during ASUS’s CES showing was the MeMO 171. We’ve seen this little guy before as the Eee Pad MeMO 3D — but this time they’ve dropped the 3D and hope to upgrade Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. The included capacitive stylus and MeMIC Bluetooth companion phone/media play is all here. As for the rest of the specs, they are as follows:

  • 7” WXGA (1280 x 800) IPS panel with capacitive touch
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB eMMC internal storage and “ASUS Webstorage” options
  • WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, and Qualcomm GPS One
  • 5MP rear camera with autofocus and 1080P recording and 1.2MP front camera
  • G-sensor, e-compass, light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor
  • Micro-USB port, micro-HDMI (1.3a), and MicroSD card reader
  • 4400mAh lithium-polymer battery with 8.5hrs video playback
  • 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50” and 14.2oz

You could pretty much file the MeMO 171 under one more ASUS device we’ll likely never see hit stateside. I can’t imagine something like this would do very well in the US and ASUS specifically mentioned they currently have no plans to bring the MeMO 171 anywhere outside of it’s homeland. What do you guys think? Heartbroken? Or is the MeMO 171 too gimmicky?

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. i love the idea of a companion phone.

    simple phone for calling, tablet for heavy lifting.

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    1. agreed. That is exactly what I want  

    2. agreed – brilliant idea.  I doubt we’ll see it in the US though…. Why sell a tablet with a companion phone when they can make us buy a tablet AND a phone?  
      Perhaps what we’ll see instead is somebody coming out with 3rd party companion phones for mainstream tablets instead?

      1. It would be dependent on your tablet having a phone plan and minutes. Most tablets only have data plans.

        That is unless you’re going to be doing strictly VOIP calling. If that’s the case, they already make handsets that theoretically should work.

    3. My plan was to get a dumbphone for calling and a 7″ tablet for everything else.  a “companion phone” would be MUCH better!

    4. Sony should put a mic and earpiece on their “Smart Wireless Headset pro” and it would basically be this. Plus they’d have to make it a bit bigger so it would be easier to hold, but you get the idea. 

      Its kind of weird. Before people wanted a bluetooth headset to go with their smartphones. Now people want bluetooth handsets to go with their tablets.

  2. Is it really a capacitive stylus?  I’m so confused, some people say it is pressure sensitive.  But if it is only a capacitive stylus then there is no digitizer for the pen and it isn’t pressure sensitive.

  3. About the stylus… right, need more info. Looks pretty sweet overall.

  4. why don they just implement the phonefunction in the tablet and give you a bluetooth headset to it? I do not want more stuff to carry around, I want less stuff!

    1. You can already do (VOIP) phone calls with a bluetooth headset and a tablet.

      The handset adds functionality. It give you a small, pocketable display. If you’ve got the tablet in your backpack, you can still see who is calling, read a text message, browse your music folder, etc. It’s kind of like a smart watch, but with a mic and earpiece.

      1. I will just go for a BT headset and a table that can do phonecalls.
        By the way, VOIP is nothing from me with a unlimited plan :)

        1. Yeah, that’s the thing. You’ll only be able to do VOIP calling.

  5. Kinda gimmicky, but you gotta love the spirit of innovation at Asus – they’re killing it!

  6. I still may like the Galaxy Note better, but I like that more innovation is happening here.  Asus has their crap together.  

  7. if he really had his shit together, he wouldn’t need you to shill for him.

  8. The chief danger in life is sometimes we take to many precautions. So live a little. If you stand in one spot you will not go anywhere.

  9. Looks like stylus are back

  10. I’m tired of looking at this post on the top of Phandroid, I’m ready for some new android news (I’ve been starved of it for three days now on this site)…

  11. did they like give up on this site

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