12 December 2012

Rumor Asus To Offer Better Cheaper Tablet Than Nexus 7

Asus, the maker of Google Nexus 7 is rumored to have a sub $100 tablet PC in the works. The news comes from a benchmark result over at GLBenchmark. The specifications, are of course below the Nexus 7, with 1GB processors with unknown cores and Mali-400. Both which are below the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset embedded inside the Nexus 7.
Could this be the budget Google Nexus tablet in question? It's hard to say. The benchmark shows a 1 GHz processor (number of cores unknown) and generation-old Mali 400 graphics, which would both be a step below the Tegra 3 quad-core chip inside the Nexus 7. 
Source: PC World
The codename is ASUS ME-172V. The good news is that it will feature microSD card expansion. Something that is lacking in Google Nexus 7. Rumors also say that this tablet may be released as a variang of Google Nexus.
Technical specifications points to the device featuring a VIA WMV8950 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a microSD card, which is a component Google's Nexus 7 lacks 
Source: Toms Hardware
It is also rumored to have Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS, so Google Advanced Search and Google Now will be available on the ME-172V.
Unsurprisingly, the specs aren't going to challenge the iPad mini. The 7-inch screen is said to have a 1,024x552-pixel resolution, according to GLBenchmark, and the processor will be somewhere between 600MHz and 1,008MHz. It does seem to be running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean though, so impressive features like Google's advanced voice search and Google Now will be at your fingertips. Or lips, depending on which you're using. 
Source: CNET Crave
While it is only a rumor, but it is very exciting news. It is unlikely that the tablet will be available during 2012 holiday season. The GLBenchmark page for ME-172V has been removed, and the search function does not work, so this should be the real deal.

Let us keep our fingers crossed and may this rumor comes true. The world can still take another cheap good tablet PC.

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