[Wishful Thinking] The latest ASUS tablet (ME-172V) to show up in GLBenchmarks is NOT a $99 Nexus 7 tablet

A couple of months ago there were reports that a $99 Nexus 7 tablet might be in the works, but after the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 was announced, the news on that all but disappeared.  Some sites are now reporting that it’s coming sooner rather than later because an ASUS made 7-inch tablet just showed up in the GLBenchmarks under the model ME-172V. On the surface, it looks plausible as this tablet has lower specs than the Nexus 7. This one sports a 1024 x 600 display, a 1GHz processor (cores unknown), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 4270mAh battery.

Here’s the problem: the ME172-V has already been announced for the South African market and will sell for R2000, which is approximately $224. The rest of the specs include a 1GHz single-c0re ARM cortex-A9 (VIA WM8950) processor, Mali 400 graphics chip, 1MP front-facing camera, and a microSD card slot for expanded storage. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but on the other hand this doesn’t mean Google isn’t working on one. We already have $99 tablets made from lower end manufacturers and the way pricing is going, I won’t be shocked if Google or one of the main OEM’s releases a decent $99 tablet some time next year. In fact, a variant of the ME-172V could very well be in the works and could be shown at CES this January.

sources: GLBenchmark / iafrica



About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.