The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas may be over, but it does not mean news and product announcements come to an end. Asus waited until today, perhaps to avoid the avalanche of other announcements, to unveil its new MeMO Pad — a seven inch Android 4.1 tablet that will be released soon.
The MeMO Pad will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, has a 1 MP front facing camera, 1 GB of RAM and comes with either 8 or 16 GB of storage. The company claims 7 hours of battery life. In addition, it claims to feature “a 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 140-degree wide viewing angles, and its 350-nit brightness means images remain clear, even outdoors”.
The tablet “will be available starting this January in selected markets”. Prices begin at $149 — presumably for the 8 GB version. The MeMO Pad will come in three colors – Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink and will be in the U.S. market in April.
In stark contrast to Apple, who thinks and brainstorms and plans and tests for months and even years before unveiling a product, Asus has reveled that the Nexus 7 was conceived at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) 2012 in Las Vegas and was on the market within six months.
The fact is, Asus revealed a 7 inch tablet, known as the Asus MeMo 370T at CES, but it quickly disappeared among rumors that Google had poached it as a concept for their own Android tablet. It turned out that those early rumors were true. Asus and Google executives met at CES and hatched the plan for the Nexus 7. Execs from Asus recently revealed that the product, conceived in January, went to manufacture in May and, as we all know, hit the market in July.
“Our top executives met Google’s top executives at CES to talk about opportunities and how they saw the future market. That’s when we came up with the idea of the Google Nexus 7 by Asus. That was in January, and mass production started in May.”
That’s considerably shorter than the industry average for taking a product from concept to manufacture to release, but in this case it worked perfectly. The Nexus 7 has exceeded all expectations with sales skyrocketing and reviews almost all ranging from positive to gushing. The tablet comes in both 8 GB and 16 GB flavors for $199 and $249 respectively and can be found over at the Google Play Store.
Enough information has found it’s way onto the web to say, with a great deal of certainty, that the Google Nexus tablet is a real device and will be on the market relatively soon. It’s almost certain as well, that the device is being built by Asus. What we don’t know are precise hardware specs and retail pricing, although rumors of the latter have placed it as low as $149.
Now today, mobile news site Phone Arena has posted leaked photos sent to them that are purported to be the highly anticipated tablet. Although the images are fuzzy (why are leaked photos ALWAYS fuzzy?!), a few things can be seen. One is the unmistakable Asus name on the back, along with the Google logo. The tablet also appears to be two or three colors, with what seems to be a white face and grey and black back.
The source of the photos also claimed the tablet is running a Tegra 3 processor and will launch running Android 4.1, widely believed to be the version number for Jelly Bean.
The tablet is expected to be officially announced later this month at the Google I/O Conference and may begin shipping as early as July. If the price rumors are correct then this could be an immediate competitor to the Amazon Kindle Fire. You can check out the two images below, reprinted from Phone Arena.
There has been a load of “information” floating around the internet the past few days regarding the Google Nexus tablet, which can pretty much be confirmed as a real product at this point. It’s only the technical specs that are still just rumors, and we have seen nothing but speculation regarding the price, although rumors have been pegging it at $199 to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Personally I was expecting Google to try and undercut Amazon, perhaps going $189, but now tech news site SlashGear is jumping into the story with a report that the new Asus-manufactured tablet will hit the market priced at just $149! In addition, they are reporting that the device will feature a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and the latest version of the Android operating system, although not 5.0 Jellybean as some sites have been reporting. Instead, SlashGear claims it will likely be version 4.2, which will still be known as Ice Cream Sandwich. SlashGear cites sources from both Asus and NVIDIA for their information.
So, what do you think of a $149 Android tablet? Is it real? Would you buy it? Personally, I will not only buy one at that price, but also one for each of the two kids and the wife!
ASUS was so excited they couldn’t wait for CES next week. Vice President Samson Hu laid out the company’s 2012 plans at a press event in Taipei and what he had to say was certainly attention-grabbing. There were some things that had already been rumored – like an ASUS ARM tablet running Windows 8, which he confirmed will be coming by the end of this year. But he also let everyone know about two new tablets that are coming a lot sooner than that. In fact they will be shown at CES in just a few days.
At CES we will see a 7 inch tablet called the ASUS Eee Memo Pad and a new, as yet unnamed, 10 inch tablet with a high-resolution screen. With the 10 inch tablet it’s unclear if this will be a completely new device or a revamped version of the ASUS Prime. ASUS has beefed up their development department in hopes of reaching their goal of 6 million tablets sold in 2012. With a combination of Android and Windows 8 tablets coming this year they just may reach that goal.
Source: Netbook News
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Considering the relative success ASUS has already seen in the tablet space it’s no surprise they want to keep them coming. The EeePad Transformer, according to them, is selling pretty well and they recently revealed another impressive Android tablet… err phone… no, tablet phone… Oh yea, it’s the Padfone.
What if we could take our tiny smartphone screen and blow it up to 10.1-inches whenever we wanted? We’d never have to squint again and when our phone rings we could just squish it back down to handheld size and answer the call. See where ASUS is going with this?
Rather than going out and spending money on a smartphone and a tablet, ASUS is going to combine the two… sorta. The smartphone will be just like any other Android handset we’ve seen before. What separates the Padfone from the competition isn’t the handheld itself, but the dock. In essence, the “Pad” aspect of the Padfone is just a 10.1-inch touch screen USB monitor with a battery shoved in it.
The phone provides all the computing power and a 3G connection for access to the web. Toss it in the back of the Padfone tablet-dock and your ready to go. The phone connects to a mini-HDMI and mini-USB at the same time, then you close the lid, completely hiding the handset it from view.
Details were absent regarding which version of Android will be running on the Padfone, but speculation is already swirling the web with “Ice Cream Sandwich” in the eye of the storm. It is definitely a possibility — ASUS says the Padfone’s interface will automatically adjust to better suit the larger screen size when it is docked and Google has already told us Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) would not be coming to smartphones. If you check out the promo video on the Padfone site you’ll see the same navigation bar we were introduced to in Honeycomb. But, if Honeycomb isn’t coming to smartphones (where the “brains” of this device will be located) than we can only move forward, right?
No pricing or availability was announced so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens over the coming months. As far as Ice Cream Sandwich goes, Google’s Eric Schmidt will be talking at the D9 Conference later today — fingers crossed we’ll learn something there.
The Asus CES press conference wrapped up a little while ago and there were a few big product announcements. They revolved around netbooks and, surprise, tablets.
First up is the Asus Eee Slate EP121. It’s a powerful Windows 7 tablet that features a Core i5 processor, 2-4 GB RAM, and 64 GB SSD. And it’s large – with a 12.1 inch 1280-800 screen. There’s front-facing camera for video chatting and an HDMI port so you can easily hook it up in the living room or a hotel room for instant entertainment. These features don’t come cheap – this is, as far as I know, the first tablet to hit the $1000 mark.
The Asus Eee PadSlider and Transformer are a pair of 10.1 inch Android “tablets”. I put tablets in quotes because these are tablet that have built-in keyboards. They are powered by the Tegra-2 processor.
The Slider has a 1280×800 screen, mini HDMI port, mini USB port, and Micro SD card slot. It has two cameras – a front facing one and 5 megapixel rear one. The keyboard is part of the unit.
On the Transformer the keyboard is detachable, but otherwise it has most of the same specs as the slider
Both tablets will run the Android Honeycomb (3.0 or 2.4 depending on who you believe) operating system and are expected to be out in April or May and priced in the $400-$800 range.