It's been a long time since we first saw Asus' 7-inch, stylus-equipped MeMO tablet, but it looks like it is finally in the hands of consumers. Netbooknews has just picked up the Eee Pad MeMO ME171 in Taiwan for NT$17,500 (about $592) and given it a thorough hands-on treatment. The tablet — which is currently running Honeycomb but is promised to be upgraded to Android 4.0 — is nearly identical to the ME370T, except it uses an outdated 1.2GHz, dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor instead of a quad-core Tegra 3. It also costs much more, as the Tegra-equipped model is said to come in at just $249 — though it's possible that we'll never see the ME370T, as it was rumored to be scrapped in exchange for an upcoming Nexus tablet from Asus.
Overall, the HTC Flyer competitor didn't impress the previewer, who notes that it feels like it was made last year and that it's too large and too expensive. The MeMO was first shown off over a year ago and has been in what seems like tablet purgatory ever since, so it's not terribly surprising that it can't stand up to modern competition like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7. Other than the stylus functionality, the MeMO ME171 includes the funky MeMic Bluetooth remote that lets you stream audio and take / receive phone calls from the tablet. If you're interested in more, check the video below for an unboxing and a set of benchmarks on this elusive tablet, and see our product database for the full specs list.