Asus is a well-known Taiwanese company, and Taiwan is known for its quality electronic products. Recently, Asus launched Google co-branded Nexus 7, and we all know the result. Nexus 7 has got top notch quality and top notch hardware too, and the price is very reasonable. Recently Nexus 7 was launched in 32 gig flavor and also a 3g variant was launched. Overall, Nexus 7 has changed the way people think how a budget tablet device should look and feel like. Asus is now an important player in the tablet arena and we expect a lot from this company.
Apple’s iPad is like the king of tablet category and many people including me expect company like ASUS to launch iPad killer Android tablets at a reasonable price point. Nexus was manufactured in collaboration with Google, so the question is will the company be able to manufacture a quality device on its own and without any direct help from Google. The question will be answered at CES 2013 that is going to take place in Vegas in a few days because Asus has got some new tablets for us this time.
First of all, there’s an unconfirmed rumor that Asus is going to launch a $99 7 inch tablet, which will be like a downgraded version of Nexus 7 and should be targeted towards the African markets. Then we have another tablet identified as ME172V, which will carry slightly better specs than the downgraded Nexus 7 we were talking about and the same will be reflected on price tag as well. Today, information about another Asus tablet has leaked, and it’s a 10 incher. Thought it’s not yet official, we are sure that it will be showcased at the upcoming CES event.
The 10-incher is identified as ME301T MemoPad 10. Talking of specs, it isn’t an iPad killer spec wise, nevertheless, things have been stepped up a notch. The 10.1-inch display is expected to have a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, while a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor (unknown clock speed) and 1 GB of RAM will be doing their job under the hood. The device will reportedly run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, and will have 16 gig of ROM while customers can choose from Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G models.
Everything sounds great, except the price tag. According to online listings, retailers in Spain and Denmark could charge up to €322 for the tab, which is around $422 and is overpriced for a device that doesn’t pack in a lot of horsepower to justify that price point. The device is apparently aimed at business users, so I’m guessing there may be some kind of added software functionality that justifies the heavy price tag, nevertheless, the device hasn’t been launched yet, but I think a $300 price tag would be apt for this tablet.
Asus ME301T MemoPad 10 is expected to hit shelves in mid-February in white, blue and fuchsia. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know!