This tablet has been available for over two weeks and still no reviews yet! So here goes.
Looks just like the other Asus tablets (the MeMO HD 7 and 10) as far as the layout. Here are the major specs:
8-inch 1280x800 HD IPS display
Quad-core powered processor (AMD 1.6Ghz)
30% more screen space than a 7-inch tablet
5 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front camera to capture life's moments
Micro SD card slot for expandability
1GB DDR memory
3950mAh lithium polymer battery with up to 9 hours battery life
1 Micro USB port
Based on owning the Memo 7 HD with 16GB and having used several other earlier versions of the Asus brand tablets, here are my observations for the ASUS 8" tablet.
Overall ASUS tablet comments:
The 7 inch tablet has been average in reliability. Expect the same for the 8 inch model. I did have one instance where the tablet would not charge at all. I emailed ASUS and received a standard troubleshooting email in 2 days. While it was helpful and gave me directions on how to return the tablet if necessary, it did not solve my problem. I was able to get the unit charged by using a high quality charger (yes, it was an Apple I-Pod charger that brought my ASUS HD 7 back to life.) The battery life has been about average for a tablet. You may want to consider a Square Trade warranty if you buy an ASUS tablet.
The tablet is fairly robust and based on the specs for the 8 inch tablet (the 7" MeMO HD is also a quad core processor), you can expect good performance relative to the price. The ASUS HD 7 is overall good in terms of screen resolution and this tablet will probably be average as well. Occasionally, it doesn't respond to touch as well as I would like. It is also a fingerprint magnet (and I am usually not too picky about those things, but this is noticeable and worth mentioning.) The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 looks so much like the MeMO 7 and 10, that I think you could reasonably say that it is of the same build, design, and quality only at the 8 inch size. I would have liked to see 2GB of DDR memory for better performance, but the 1GB is sufficient.
In the 8 inch tablet category there is now the following tablets in the order of my overall judgment of their desirability (see specs at the end of each for comparison purposes):
Samsung Tab 3 8 - at 249.00, this is still a bit costly, but it is light, responsive and has a good screen. Probably has a slight edge on reliability over the others.
Specs: 1.5 GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 Dual Core processor, 1.5 GB DDR2 SDRAM memory, 1280 X 800 resolution, Mali 400 GPU, .68 pounds
Asus Memo 8 - at 229.00, this tablet is a slight bit costly (when you consider the MeMO HD 7 has been seen as low as the $100 range on sale.) ASUS is asking a slight premium for that extra 30% of screen space as compared to the MeMO HD 7. Depending on your preference and the sale price, I rate the Samsung and ASUS a virtual tie for overall value/desirability.
Specs: AMD Quad Core 1.6GHz processor, 1 GB DDR3L SDRAM memory, 1280 X 800 resolution, Mali 400 MP4 graphics, .8 pounds
Dell Venue 8 - at prices ranging from 129.00 to 179.00 for the 16GB tablet, it is definitely worth a look. Dell tends to be good on customer service and this tablet has 2GB of DDR memory which is definitely a plus. One review commented on the lack of response for the touch screen, however reviews on Dell and Amazon's sites have been positive. The Dell Venue 8 runs true android. If you can get a branded 8" pure android tablet for the $129 Black Friday sale price, the deal is hard to pass up. (Note: the Atom is an Intel processor and has to emulate the ARM-based architecture to run Android.) -- Update: as of 12/19/2013, Dell has released an update that has enabled multi-user profiles and it appears to be working without problems. The Dell Venue 8 is also available with 32gb of internal storage for a list price of 199 dollars.
Specs: Intel Atom Z2580(up to 2.0GHZ)Dual Core processor, 2GB DDR2 memory, 1280 X 800 resolution, Intel HD Graphics, .82 pounds
Acer Iconia A1-810 - gets some good reviews and sells for about 170.00. Slightly below the Dell Venue and kind of heavy at 1.01 pounds. It also has a lower resolution than the other tablets, but it is still worth a look...
Specs: MTK MT8125 1.2 Ghz Quad Core processor, 1 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 1024 X 768 resolution, Integrated PowerVR SGX 544 Graphics, 1.01 pounds (Acer website lists weight as 14.46 ounces or approximately .9 pounds)
UPDATE: December 8, 2013.
The recent price drop of the ASUS Memo 8 to $199.00 makes it a bargain in relation to the Samsung Tab 3 8. While the Samsung is sleaker and lighter and has 1.5 GB internal memory to the Memo 8's 1 GB DDR, the 50 dollar premium that they are asking for the Samsung Tab 3 8 is a bit high. The Asus MeMO 8 offers a quad-core processor while the Samsung Tab 3 8 has a dual core processor. The Asus Memo 8 and the Dell Venue 8 give a lot of bang for considerably less money. The Dell Venue 8 offers 2GB RAM and is selling for less than either the MeMO 8 or the Tab 3 8. Unless you want the tv remote control functions of the Samsung Tab 3 8 or are very much into the lightest tablet possible, Asus and Dell are offering attractive tablets for less money. The Acer A1-810 is a good tablet, but maybe not quite on par with the others at this price. The Acer A1-810 is recently selling as low as 149 dollars.
Hope this helps you to make a good decision on purchasing a name brand 8" android tablet!