Here’s an unannounced Asus tablet that’s supposed to be released next year, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: the ME172V.
Like the Google Nexus 7 (which, as you already know, is also manufactured by Asus), the ME172V sports a 7 inch display. However, the screen resolution is not 1280 x 800, but only 1024 x 600. Other than that, the new tablet features Wi-Fi, 1MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor (made by Taiwan-based Wonder Media).
An online retailer in Russia is already taking pre-orders for the Asus ME172V, asking 6,990 RUB (about $226) for a unit, and saying it can ship it starting January. The tablet appears in two color versions: black and white (see below).
Another upcoming Asus tablet is the ME371MG. There aren’t any photos to show the ME371MG, but info spotted on Picasa suggests this comes with an Intel Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. More features: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 7 inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels, 3G, Wi-Fi, 3MP rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. NoteBook Italia assumes the ME371MG will cost less than €250.
Both the Asus ME172V and Asus ME371MG could be officially announced at CES 2013 (January 8 – January 11). We will let you know if it happens.
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