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ASUS Planning 7″ Ultra-Budget Tablet Powered By Intel Z2420 Processor

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We know ASUS is king of the low-priced tablet market, given the popularity of the Nexus 7, but it seems that they just can’t help themselves from going lower and lower. They recently launched the 7″ MeMo Pad in Europe for about $150, and now there is new talk of an Intel-powered “ultra-budget” tablet. 

It keeps the 7″ form factor that all of the other tablets in that range from ASUS have, but this is the first time we have heard that ASUS would partner with Intel to use their new dual-core Z2420 processor. The processor is to be shown off at this year’s MWC, so a release with this tablet, model number ME371MG, sounds solid enough. Down below, we have the list of specs taken from someone using the actual device that also snapped the above picture.

Specs:

  • Intel Atom Z2420 dual-core processor
  • 7″ 1280 x 800 IPS display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 3MP rear camera
  • 1.2 front camera
  • Slot for microSD
  • 4,270 mAH battery
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

How “ultra budget” could this thing possibly be? From the look at the specs, it’s an Intel-powered Nexus 7. With a camera at that!

Thoughts?

Via: Tablet.bg

  • http://twitter.com/umiwonder CODEMAN

    I heard this was going to have a aluminum housing

  • Big_EZ

    For a budget tablet just drop the rear camera and bump the ffc to 2mp and you have a winner. Then release a new Nexus 7 with 2gb ram, better resolution, and a microSD slot

  • spunker88

    Though I doubt it will happen, it would be awesome if they gave it a regular PC style BIOS so that you could easily install any x86 operating system. Granted drivers would be an issue but there would be tons of dev support for a device like this.

  • Justin Winker

    Honestly wouldn’t consider this an “ultra-budget” model… Unless the processor is absolutely horrible, this should perform comparably or better to some of today’s higher-end tablets.

  • Liderc

    They’re attempting to hit the $99 market with a decent tablet. It’s smart, parents would buy these in droves for kids when they don’t want them messing with their high-priced tablets. Not to mention, schools will purchase these in bulk to hand out to kids for classes. It’s smart actually.

  • Aardvark99

    > it’s an Intel-powered Nexus 7. With a camera at that

    Except it isn’t a Nexus where is counts, Android 4.1… (Maybe it’ll ship w/ something newer?)

  • El Big CHRIS

    Is this even a good idea? I mean don’t get me wrong cheaper is good, sometimes. I wouldn’t want to get a cheap tablet only to have it be a slowpoke and can’t be used for anything beyond web surfing. Just my 2 pesos…

    • mustbepbs

      Your pesos are no good here, señor.

    • AnthonyEtter

      It contains a dual core atom processor. It wont be slow at all, just not a quadcore. Dual core phones and tablets was the beginning of lagless android.

  • Shane Milton

    So I’m curious why they’re even planning this. If they actually launch this, it will mostly only cannibalize their Nexus 7 market (I’d think), which doesn’t exactly help them much. I’d think a Nexus 7 refresh (2GB RAM + ??) might be a more profitable move.

  • http://twitter.com/jkc120 Josh Carroll

    Shut up and take my money!

    • Mack

      Just. No.

  • Zach Tanksley

    the 1GB of ram has me hoping they atleast double that… But otherwise, awesome.