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Asus Memo Pad 7 (ME572CL) Tablet Review Update

Sven Kloevekorn, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 10/18/2014

Black box tablet. The new Asus tablet is a bit secretive because the installation of many benchmarks did not work and produced errors. We try to determine if the powerful hardware can meet expectations and how the review sample performs in terms of display, sound, connectivity and case nonetheless.

For the original German review, see here.

Update 11/11/2014

We couldn't run many benchmarks in our original review because the corresponding apps couldn't be installed. Asus send us another test device with the firmware version of the retail devices. This time, we had no problems with the MeMo Pad, so we could run all our tests, update the rating and waive the significant point deduction. All important tests and the evaluation can be found in the Performance section.

Since the first Android smartphones, Intel could not compete with the ARM-based SoCs from Samsung, Qualcomm or MediaTek and was always a couple of steps behind on the booming market for mobile gadgets until recently. The situation changed for the Californian chip giant with the launch of the Merrifield and Moorefield platforms in Q2 2014, which provided Atom SoCs like the Z3560 in our review sample. Our reviews and others prove that Intel was finally able to combine the necessary performance and the low power consumption.

There are countless 7-inch tablets, but the majority still uses ARM SoCs, while Atom models like our Asus MeMO Pad 7 have to prove themselves first and are certainly not going to be offered by manufacturers like Samsung or Apple, which prefer to use their own chips, any time soon. The SoC is supported by 2 GB RAM and the integrated graphics card PowerVR G6430. In terms of storage you can choose between 16 and 32 GB, the available colors are Burgundy Red, Rose Champagne and Gentle Black; we could have a look at the first two options. The usual wireless standards plus LTE are provided just like a slot for micro-SD cards, two cameras with 5 and 2 MP and obviously GPS. Operating system is Android 4.4 KitKat; we could not determine if there will be an update to Android L at the time of writing.

Comparison devices for this review are three 7-inch and one interesting and inexpensive 8-inch tablets that we reviewed over the last months, so they are still pretty new. Three of these devices, the Asus Fonepad 7Dell Venue 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840FHD use a current Atom SoC just like the review unit, while the Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 is equipped with an ARM based HiSilicon Kirin 910. LTE is only offered by the Dell and Huawei; the Acer waives mobile Internet connections completely. The price range of the devices is between 200 Euros, ~$253 (Acer) and 400 Euros, ~$506 (Huawei).

Case

Compared to 10-inch models, which were more popular in the first tablet generation, 7-inch devices have different advantages and disadvantages. You can usually easily put them in your jacket or handbag and hold them very comfortably with one hand due to the lower weight. The improved mobility comes with some drawbacks; especially multimedia content suffers from the smaller panel. Pictures, movies and games are usually more enjoyable on a 10-inch screen. The Asus weighs 279 grams and comes with a comparatively wide bezel at the narrow sides (screen-to-body ratio).

Our Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL) is completely made of plastic. The Burgundy Red version comes with subtle glitter elements and a piano lacquer finish, which looks very smudgy very quickly. The Champagne version is not as susceptible to fingerprints. The back cover has a 1 cm wide stripe at the long left side and has, just as the sides, an anti-slippery soft-touch surface. Look at the display and you probably think that Asus glued it on afterwards, because the area is smaller than the boxy case and the corners of the display frame are rounded as well. This creates a somewhat rugged design. We were able to slightly twist the tablet with some force, but there were no creaking sounds. We could not discover any build quality flaws like uneven gaps or protruding edges. The black buttons at the sides are not very easy to see but leave a solid impression and have a well-defined pressure point.

215 mm / 8.46 inch 130 mm / 5.12 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 360 g0.794 lbs200 mm / 7.87 inch 114.4 mm / 4.5 inch 8.3 mm / 0.3268 inch 279 g0.615 lbs194.3 mm / 7.65 inch 108.9 mm / 4.29 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 299 g0.659 lbs192 mm / 7.56 inch 118 mm / 4.65 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 295 g0.65 lbs183.5 mm / 7.22 inch 103.9 mm / 4.09 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 239 g0.527 lbs

Connectivity

Smaller tablets are mainly used in portrait mode. The micro-USB port is at the usual location at the bottom next to the right speaker. At the right side are the SIM-card slot, the microphone, the power button and the volume rocker (from bottom to top). On the top is the left speaker and right next to it the 3.5 mm stereo jack. The majority of users will hold the tablet at the left side, so the slot for micro-SD cards, which is hidden behind a cover, makes sense at this spot. This means there are no surprises in terms of port layout. Asus, unfortunately, waived an HDMI port, but in return you get support for the stillborn Miracast standard for wireless transfers of the display content to an external display.

Right side: MicroSD slot
Right side: MicroSD slot
Left side: SIM slot, microphone, power button, volume rocker
Left side: SIM slot, microphone, power button, volume rocker
Top: 3.5 mm stereo jack, speaker
Top: 3.5 mm stereo jack, speaker
Bottom: speaker, Micro-USB
Bottom: speaker, Micro-USB

Software

The operating system is a slightly adjusted version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The most noticeable change of the Asus ZenUI user interface compared to Vanilla Android is the extended quick settings menu (see screenshot below). It can be pulled down from the top and configured. The "PlayTo" button includes the Miracast feature. The lock screen shows the time, weather, a calendar timeline as well as three shortcuts for the camera, messages and mails. The behavior of the app drawer and the home screen is also slightly different, you can scroll them infinitely.

Asus preinstalled a ton of software, but the functionality can usually be covered with free apps or the preinstalled Google apps. However, the apps cannot be deleted without root access. Examples would be a file manager, a task manager, a gallery, a music player, web storage, weather, calendar etc. Some useful additions in our opinion are the audio assistant, additional energy-saving features, Share Link for file transfers via Wi-Fi Direct and last but not least Splendid, which can be used to adjust the colors and the color temperature of the panel. Only the two apps Battery Monitor Widget and Screen Timeout were installed by us, all the other apps on the screenshots are preloaded. It was no problem to install popular apps.

Quick settings
Quick settings
Lock screen
Lock screen
App Drawer page 1
App Drawer page 1
App Drawer page 2
App Drawer page 2
Enhanced energy-saving features
Enhanced energy-saving features
Error during benchmark installation
Error during benchmark installation

Communication & GPS

Our Asus Tablet is equipped with WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, but it is limited to the crowded 2.4 GHz band. Bluetooth is available in the current version 4.0, but NFC is missing. The WLAN performance during our review was inconspicuous. The tablet also supports LTE FDD Cat4 with the bands 800/850/1700/1900/2100/2600 as well as the usual GSM and UMTS frequencies. A speed test did not reach the maximum LTE transfer rate of 7.2 Mbps from our mobile contract but only 3.4 Mbps. A Sony Xperia Tablet Z managed the maximum transfer rate at the same time and the same place. The GPS module was a beat weak in our opinion, the GPS fix took quite a while and also lost the connection indoors much quicker than a simultaneously used Nexus 4. Our review unit had to compete with the bicycle navigation device Garmin Edge 500 on our bicycle ride and sometimes cut corners, which could be a result of a long refresh interval. Apart from that there is no criticism.

Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
GPS indoors
GPS indoors

Cameras & Multimedia

The main camera has a 5 MP sensor and can record videos with up to 1080p; the front camera has 2 MP and can record 720p videos. A feature called Time Rewind already starts 2 seconds before you hit the trigger to take 31 pictures in a very short time and stops one second afterwards so you can select the best picture. Smart Remove lets you remove unwanted objects from pictures, and the selfie boom gets a special feature as well.

Features are one thing, but the picture quality is important as well. The main camera can, unfortunately, hardly convince us in this regard. There is an aggressive noise reduction, even in good lighting conditions. This results in a somewhat water-colored look when you zoom in and the picture loses details. The picture dynamic is not really good, either, so there can quickly be frayed edges in high-contrast scenes. Shadows, however, are a bit better. There is a tendency to an overexposed picture in general. The very noisy bathroom indoor picture (white walls, white light) shows that the white balance failed completely. The camera might be okay for occasional snapshots for the Internet or prints up to DIN A5, but it is not suited for photographers. The situation is even worse for the webcam. It does its job, but that’s it.

Main camera Asus MeMO Pad 7
Main camera Asus MeMO Pad 7
Reference: Fujifilm X10
Reference: Fujifilm X10
Webcam Asus MeMO Pad 7
Webcam Asus MeMO Pad 7


Accessories

Besides the power adaptor and a small tool to open the SIM tray, there are no accessories in the box. Asus lists some accessories on its website, including two covers, a Bluetooth headset with NFC pairing (review sample does not support NFC) as well as a Micro-USB Charging Stand (also see picture below), which has a standard-sized USB 2.0 port. By the way, the tablet can be charged with a standard USB port (500 mA) at a PC or notebook, which is not a matter of course nowadays.

Warranty

Asus should grant the common 24-month standard warranty, but we couldn’t find more information.

Input Devices & Handling

The preloaded standard keyboard is blue and white. The layout is a bit strange but does not require getting used to. Unfortunately, there is no smiley button, but Asus used the available space for an additional row with numbers in return. Above that row are word predictions. If you choose one, you still have to hit the space bar – even if you already activated the according option in the comprehensive settings. The author had some issues to hit the correct keys in portrait mode, but not in landscape mode. The automatic orientation happens after a delay of around one second. While the precision of the touchscreen was inconspicuous during the review, the delay was comparatively long when we drew a line with a finger. This supports our impression of a slight inertia of the input device, which is, however, not really relevant in practice.

Display

Full HD is gone. The new Asus tablet also follows the somewhat questionable trend to higher-resolution displays, whose benefits are hardly visible to the human eye. The 7-inch panel has 1920x1200 pixels (16:10, 324 ppi), which ensures a razor-sharp presentation all the time. The maximum brightness of the IPS panel is great with 566 cd/m², which is only surpassed by some older tablets like the Nokia Lumia 2520.

535
cd/m²
566
cd/m²
559
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
546
cd/m²
514
cd/m²
543
cd/m²
531
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 566 cd/m² Average: 541.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 562 cd/m²
Contrast: 1022:1 (Black: 0.55 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.37 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 4.35 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 2.46

The black value is pretty good for a tablet with 0.55 cd/m² and results in an excellent contrast ratio of 1,022:1 with subjectively deep blacks. The brightness distribution of 91% is very good as well. Unusually low DeltaE values below 3 (ColorChecker) up to 4 (Grayscale) indicate a very decent color accuracy for the Asus MeMO Pad 7. The accurate and balanced color presentation is also subjectively confirmed in a comparison of pictures on the tablet and the semi-professional and calibrated Eizo display of the author. Overall, a very convincing performance.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Color Management
CalMAN Color Management
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
Screen
-16%
-24%
-3%
-29%
Brightness middle
562
376
-33%
276
-51%
513
-9%
330
-41%
Brightness
541
353
-35%
266
-51%
484
-11%
316
-42%
Brightness Distribution
91
86
-5%
79
-13%
90
-1%
91
0%
Black Level *
0.55
0.61
-11%
0.39
29%
0.57
-4%
0.54
2%
Contrast
1022
616
-40%
708
-31%
900
-12%
611
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.37
3.67
-9%
4.62
-37%
3.12
7%
5.47
-62%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.35
3.48
20%
5
-15%
3.83
12%
5.36
-23%
Gamma
2.46 89%
2.3 96%
2.18 101%
2.24 98%
2.14 103%
CCT
6992 93%
6910 94%
7264 89%
6965 93%
6342 102%

* ... smaller is better

Despite the excellent luminance of the Asus MeMO Pad 7, you should avoid bright areas like the sky or direct sunlight behind you. Otherwise you cannot see anything on the very glossy display. The brightness is sufficient for a comfortable handling when you can use the tablet in the shade.

The viewing-angle stability of the MeMO Pad is unimpeachable. Colors stay the same even from the smallest angles, and even the unavoidable brightness reductions are very limited. IPS at its best.

Performance

The heart of the tablet is an Intel Atom Z3560 SoC with four Silvermont cores that can run with up to 1.83 GHz. Compared to its Saltwell predecessors, Hyper-Threading was waived but the per MHz performance could be increased by more than 50%, so the Atom can now compete with ARM-based top versions like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, although the latter has a much higher clock of 2.7 GHz. This means the Z3560 is currently one of the fastest SoCs for tablets and notebooks. This, however, cannot be said about the GPU PowerVR G6430, which has been available for more than one year and a lower-clocked version is also used in the Apple SoC A7 (iPhone 5s). Newer top GPUs like Nvidia's Tegra K1 and the Adreno 420 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 805) clearly beat the G6430, which is still pretty fast. The features should be pretty future-proof with support for OpenGL 3.x/4.x, OpenGL ES 3.0 as well as DirectX 10.

We already mentioned that our tools to test the CPU and GPU performances were very limited. Besides the tool CPU-Z, almost all the benchmarks like Antutu v4, GFXBench 3.0, 3DMark (2013) and Geekbench 3 stopped the installation with a cryptic error (see screenshot). This means we could only use the browser benchmarks, PassMark as well as the storage benchmark AndroBench 3. The PassMark overall score (Performance Test Mobile System) shows an excellent performance for the review unit, which is only beaten by the Nvidia Shield tablet and the A8 inside the Apple iPhone 6 by up to 11%. A look at the score of the 3D graphics test from the same suite shows that our MeMO Pad is in the top quarter of other tablets that we reviewed in the last twelve months. Amongst others, it is beaten by the Adreno 330 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800).

Update 11/11/2014:

After we could perform all our benchmarks we get a better picture that pretty much confirms our previous statements. Within the comparison group, the Asus MeMo Pad can always take a very good spot with a very high CPU and GPU performance.

AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
40418 Points ∼41%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
44781 Points ∼45% +11%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
36659 Points ∼37% -9%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
3D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1669 Points ∼30%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1184 Points ∼21% -29%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1090 Points ∼19% -35%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1153 Points ∼21% -31%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
1488 Points ∼27% -11%
2D Graphics Tests (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3647 Points ∼20%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4047 Points ∼22% +11%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3769 Points ∼20% +3%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1790 Points ∼10% -51%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
3822 Points ∼21% +5%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5502 Points ∼0%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5270 Points ∼0% -4%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5282 Points ∼0% -4%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1506 Points ∼0% -73%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
5577 Points ∼0% +1%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
36968 Points ∼21%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9849 Points ∼6% -73%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
38523 Points ∼22% +4%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13397 Points ∼7% -64%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
17567 Points ∼10% -52%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
28043 Points ∼4%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27166 Points ∼4% -3%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9112 Points ∼1% -68%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11258 Points ∼1% -60%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
27325 Points ∼4% -3%
System (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5662 Points ∼27%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4501 Points ∼21% -21%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3943 Points ∼19% -30%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2777 Points ∼13% -51%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
5260 Points ∼25% -7%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17578 Points ∼20%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17504 Points ∼20% 0%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6797 Points ∼8% -61%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11513 Points ∼13% -35%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
18752 Points ∼22% +7%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
19112 Points ∼4%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18258 Points ∼3% -4%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15933 Points ∼3% -17%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5227 Points ∼1% -73%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
16455 Points ∼3% -14%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18748 Points ∼8%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18085 Points ∼8% -4%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
12268 Points ∼5% -35%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5949 Points ∼3% -68%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
16915 Points ∼7% -10%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2358 Points ∼8%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2203 Points ∼7% -7%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1174 Points ∼4% -50%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1643 Points ∼5% -30%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
772 Points ∼16%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
747 Points ∼15% -3%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
704 Points ∼15% -9%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
537 Points ∼11% -30%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.97 MB/s ∼0%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.28 MB/s ∼1% +32%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0.86 MB/s ∼0% -11%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0.78 MB/s ∼0% -20%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
0.58 MB/s ∼0% -40%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13.43 MB/s ∼8%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.9 MB/s ∼8% +3%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.66 MB/s ∼6% -21%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7.62 MB/s ∼4% -43%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
8.54 MB/s ∼5% -36%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35.5 MB/s ∼9%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22.3 MB/s ∼6% -37%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
20.7 MB/s ∼5% -42%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.26 MB/s ∼3% -68%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
12.23 MB/s ∼3% -66%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
120.94 MB/s ∼13%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
115 MB/s ∼13% -5%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
140.99 MB/s ∼15% +17%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
37.58 MB/s ∼4% -69%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
100.43 MB/s ∼11% -17%

The very good results of the browser-based benchmarks (stock browser) confirm our former performance evaluation, and the differences to the comparison tablets are not surprising. Web browsing was very enjoyable with the MeMO Pad 7 in practice.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6020.6 ms * ∼10%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5830.4 ms * ∼10% +3%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6959.5 ms * ∼12% -16%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22418.8 ms * ∼38% -272%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
6008.5 ms * ∼10% -0%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5037 Points ∼10%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5055 Points ∼10% 0%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5114 Points ∼10% +2%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1603 Points ∼3% -68%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
6510 Points ∼13% +29%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
931 Points ∼15%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
956 Points ∼15% +3%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
811 Points ∼13% -13%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
745 Points ∼12% -20%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
920 Points ∼15% -1%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
618.2 ms * ∼7%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
661 ms * ∼7% -7%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
866 ms * ∼9% -40%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1277 ms * ∼14% -107%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
699.9 ms * ∼8% -13%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
831.4 ms * ∼17%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
884 ms * ∼18% -6%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1107 ms * ∼23% -33%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2227.3 ms * ∼46% -168%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
874 ms * ∼18% -5%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
669.9 ms * ∼18%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
740.9 ms * ∼20% -11%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
766.4 ms * ∼20% -14%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1741.1 ms * ∼47% -160%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
647.1 ms * ∼17% +3%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1264.6 ms * ∼10%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1234.7 ms * ∼10% +2%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1491.9 ms * ∼12% -18%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2876.7 ms * ∼24% -127%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
1201 ms * ∼10% +5%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
635.9 ms * ∼7%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
677 ms * ∼8% -6%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1023.9 ms * ∼11% -61%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1609.6 ms * ∼18% -153%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
795.2 ms * ∼9% -25%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
508 Points ∼22%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
483 Points ∼21% -5%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
390 Points ∼17% -23%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
202 Points ∼9% -60%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
485 Points ∼21% -5%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

The Room Two
The Room Two

We check the gaming performance with the comparatively new and nice-looking 3D puzzle game The Room Two, the GPU-demanding shooter N.O.V.A. 3 and the racing game Asphalt 7. The Room Two even stresses current tablet GPUs, but it ran pretty smoothly on the review unit and noticeably better than on the Xperia Tablet Z with a Snapdragon S4 Pro and Adreno 320 GPU. The other two games were no challenge for the tablet. Thanks to a well-working position sensor we could control the cars in Asphalt 7 very precisely. We don’t think there will be any games before mid-2015 that could be too demanding for the SoC.

Emissions

Temperature

The tablet hardly reached body temperature, even after longer gaming sessions with complex titles. Subjectively it is a very comforting warming that is never inconvenient. The Asus is one of the coolest devices that we reviewed in the last twelve months.

 26.1 °C
79 F
26.7 °C
80 F
30.1 °C
86 F
 
 26.6 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 26.2 °C
79 F
26.8 °C
80 F
31.5 °C
89 F
 
Maximum: 32.5 °C = 91 F
Average: 28.2 °C = 83 F
26.7 °C
80 F
26.2 °C
79 F
25.9 °C
79 F
27.2 °C
81 F
26 °C
79 F
26.2 °C
79 F
27.7 °C
82 F
26.4 °C
80 F
26.1 °C
79 F
Maximum: 27.7 °C = 82 F
Average: 26.5 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.7 °C = 89 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.1 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.2 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Asus did not integrate very good speakers. The maximum volume is just sufficient for an average room. Voices are easy to understand; music is heavily focused on the medium tones, sounds shrill sometimes and there is hardly any dynamic or bass. The sound tends to be mushy if there is metal music with several bass instruments, and it is hard to hear individual guitars. As you can see on the screenshot, there is a preloaded audio assistant with presets for music, games, movies and voice, but other tweaks for more bass, an equalizer or a possibility for a clean playback are missing. An unpleasant surprise was the sound with good headphones: The sound suffered from echoes and was mushy, so there are probably some issues with the hardware, drivers or other implementation issues. This results in a massive point deduction.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our measurements show that the Asus MeMO Tab 7 is a very frugal tablet, both during idle (average) and under load (maximum load). The differences to the consumption values of the comparable Fonepad 7 are within measurement tolerances. Much more power is consumed by the slightly slower Dell Venue 7 and the Huawei MediaPad X1.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 1.9 / 2.1 Watt
Load midlight 3.8 / 5.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Our realistic WLAN test uses a script that opens representative websites in a 40-second interval with deactivated Bluetooth and LTE at an adjusted display brightness of 150 cd/m². Compared to other 7-inch devices that we reviewed in the last twelve months, the Asus is slightly below average with its pretty small 15 Wh battery and a runtime of 432 minutes. The Asus Fonepad 7 (FE375CG) managed 513 minutes (+19%) with the identical battery capacity and the same SoC. High load, for example, during gaming, with the highest brightness and activated communication modules results in a runtime of 270 minutes. Much more is currently not possible with similar batteries. Even the slightly slower Dell Venue 7 only managed 22 minutes more.

Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1571 min ∼191%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
930 min ∼113%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1132 min ∼138%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2228 min ∼271%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
822 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
432 min ∼112%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
513 min ∼133%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
510 min ∼132%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
847 min ∼220%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
385 min ∼100%
Load (sort by value)
Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 32 GB eMMC Flash
270 min ∼102%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
270 min ∼102%
Dell Venue 7
PowerVR G6400, Z3460, 16 GB eMMC Flash
292 min ∼110%
Huawei MediaPad X1
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910, 16 GB eMMC Flash
366 min ∼138%
Acer Iconia Tab 8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB SSD
265 min ∼100%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
26h 11min
WiFi Surfing
7h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
4h 30min

Verdict

The Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)
The Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL)

So what do we do with our black box, which refused to run the majority of benchmarks as well as CPU-Z? We suspect a software issue from Asus, which should be fixed by an update. However, we have to evaluate our review device, and Asus did not say anything about a pre-production unit. Most apps that should be interesting for users did not cause any problems, so we only deduct 5% from the overall rating. Still, we contacted Asus and asked for a statement since we had the problems with two review samples.

Apart from that you basically get a convenient tablet, which can convince with its great performance and a very bright IPS panel with wide viewing angles in particular. The Asus MeMO Pad 7 easily handles every kind of app and even very complex games for the foreseeable future. Other positive aspects are the solid, although strangely designed, case and the decent battery runtimes. We were not really convinced by the (defective via stereo jack?) sound and the GPS module, even though the latter should still be sufficient in practice. It is also unfortunate that Asus equips the device with so many apps. Not every app offers additional features and they cannot be deleted.

Update 11/11/2014

The issues with several apps that we mentioned in our previous review are gone with the new software. Asus delivers a good and appealing overall package after all.

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In review: Asus MeMO Pad 7. Review sample courtesy of Asus Germany.
In review: Asus MeMO Pad 7. Review sample courtesy of Asus Germany.

Specifications

Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL) (Memo Pad Series)
Graphics adapter
PowerVR G6430, Core: 457 - 533 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
7 inch 16:10, 1920 x 1200 pixel, Multi-touch (10), IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: Audio out 3.5 mm stereo jack, Card Reader: microSD/SDHC/SDXC, Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE FDD Cat4, 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz, UL:50 Mbps/DL:150 Mbps; 3G (WCDMA), 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 200 x 114.4 ( = 0.33 x 7.87 x 4.5 in)
Battery
15 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 2 MP
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: virtual, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
279 g ( = 9.84 oz / 0.62 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

The Asus MeMO Pad 7 with a holiday picture in 16:9.
The Asus MeMO Pad 7 with a holiday picture in 16:9.
It is hard to describe the color.
It is hard to describe the color.
Camera and glitter effect.
Camera and glitter effect.
Close-up of the display frame.
Close-up of the display frame.
The color of the Champagne version...
The color of the Champagne version...
...changes depending on the light.
...changes depending on the light.
The sides and...
The sides and...
...the spot for the right hand are rubberized to prevent slipping.
...the spot for the right hand are rubberized to prevent slipping.
The volume rocker could be smaller.
The volume rocker could be smaller.
Main camera.
Main camera.
Indoor bathroom picture with wrong white balance.
Indoor bathroom picture with wrong white balance.
Lomo effect.
Lomo effect.
System information 1.
System information 1.
System information 2.
System information 2.
System information 3.
System information 3.

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Pros

+Small enough for jackets or handbags
+Three colors, 16 or 32 GB
+LTE
+Solid case, decent haptics
+Useful OS adjustments ("ZenUI")
+Excellent display
+Great CPU performance
+Very good GPU performance
+Decent battery runtimes
 

Cons

-Wide bezel, screen-to-body-ratio could be better
-Some apps cannot be installed
-GPS signal not perfect
-Glossy back attracts fingerprints
-Virtual keyboard with software issues
-Below-average speaker sound
-Sound output not possible via stereo jack (defective?)
-No HDMI,MHL/SlimPort, but Miracast in return...

Shortcut

What we like

Display and performance don't leave anything to be desired.

What we miss

An HDMI output or at least support for MHL and SlimPort, respectively, would have been nice.

What surprises us

Asus lists an NFC headset as an accessory for a tablet without NFC support. 

The competition

Asus Fonepad 7

Dell Venue 7

Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840FHD

Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0

Rating

Asus MeMO Pad 7 (ME572CL) - 11/11/2014 v4(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
37 / 65 → 57%
Weight
87 / 40-88 → 98%
Battery
93%
Display
87%
Games Performance
66 / 68 → 97%
Application Performance
53 / 76 → 70%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 91 → 55%
Camera
58 / 85 → 68%
Average
74%
87%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Sven Kloevekorn, 2014-10-18 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.