We just reviewed the ASUS MeMO Pad HD7, and we've now received word that pre-orders are available via two major outlets: TigerDirect.com and Newegg.com. (Let us know if we missed anyone!) The MeMO Pad HD7 features a 7-inch 1280x800 IPS display, MediaTek MT8125 SoC (quad-core Cortex A7 + PowerVR SGX 544MP1), 1GB of DDR3L-1066, and a 16GB integrated eMMC controller (with microSD card slot) all for $149.
As we noted in the HD7 review, this is definitely a value play by ASUS, and in most cases the new HD7 actually ends up slightly behind the original Nexus 7 (never mind the Nexus 7 2013 update). However, it's still "fast enough" for the majority of games and other tasks. We concluded the new Nexus 7 is likely the better buy, but if you're on a strict budget then the MeMO Pad HD7 is worth a look. Availability is scheduled for August 10, 2013.