ASUS has launched the new MeMO Pad 8 version in Japan, which features the new Intel Atom Processor Z3580 (“Moorefield”). The MeMO Pad 8 is the first Moorefield-based device to be announced. ASUS is one of Intel’s biggest customers, when we talk about use of Atom Processor SoCs (System-On Chips) in Smartphones and tablets.
The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has abandoned the ARM platform and has taken up one of Intel’s latest chips.Initially the side frames enclosing the display have been made thinner, as their thickness has been decreased from 9.9 mm / 0.38 inches to 7.45 mm / 0.29 inches. The weight has also been slightly reduced, shrinking from 350 g / 0.77 lbs to 305 g / 0.6 lbs. The tablet’s battery capacity has been increased to 4350 mAh. The display still uses an IPS panel type, but with full HD (1920 x 1200 pixel) resolution.
The Moorefield CPU series is based on the same architecture as the Intel Merrifield chips, except it arrives with higher clock speeds, better graphics performance and is quad-core. The Intel Atom Processor Z3580 provides an ideal combination of fast, smart performance and long battery life for Android devices. Based on Intel’s 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, the 64-bit-ready processor features four Intel architecture cores for up to 2.3 GHz of compute performance.
The new Android tablet features a sleek and lightweight 8” design and will be offered in three colors: pearl white, powder pink and metallic blue. The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 is part of an expanding portfolio of Intel-based devices from ASUS.
The new slate will arrive with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, (Expandable via microSD), 1.2MP frontal camera, a rear 5MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi. The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and has the proprietary interface UI Zen.
Japanese wireless carrier KDDI unveiled the MeMO Pad 8, and plans to start selling the tablet in August, 2014. We don’t have a clue right now when this will be available for rest of the world and for what price.