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FCC meets with two ASUS MeMo tablets; could one be the rumored $99 Google Nexus 7?

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FCC meets with two ASUS MeMo tablets; could one be the rumored $99 Google Nexus 7?
ASUS sent two new tablets to visit the FCC, the MSQK001 and MSQK0W, which have been both rebranded as ASUS MeMo tablets.The reason why this is important is because the MeMo 370T eventually became famous under a different name. You might now know it as the Google Nexus 7. The only news that came from the visit with the FCC was that the mid-afternoon pushcart no longer carries free Milano cookies to FCC staff both tablets support Wi-Fi. That really doesn't tell us too much. And there is a reason to try to find out more information about these tablets.

The Google Nexus 7

The Google Nexus 7

Recently, there has been speculation based on a GL Benchmark listing that the ASUS ME172V is going to be a $99 Google Nexus 7. If you thought that demand for the Google Nexus 4 was crazy, wait until you see what awaits Google if they do indeed offer a 7 inch Google Experience tablet for less than $100. The specs from GL Benchmark point to a 7 inch screen with resolution of 1024 x 600. A single-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM are said to be inside. 8GB of native storage comes with the tablet and that can be expanded by using the microSD port. A 4270mAh battery keeps the lights on. Surprisingly, Android 4.1.1 is listed as being installed on the tablet.That would seem to be unusual for a new Nexus device which should have Android 4.2 installed at this point, like the Google Nexus 4 has had since its launch last month.

Of course, the information seen on the GL Benchmark could be bogus. Or it could be a tablet that has nothing to do with the Google Nexus line. Either way, what we do know is that two new ASUS Wi-Fi enabled tablets are apparently coming to the U.S. and we can think of a lot of other news that would be worse.

source:FCC (1), (2) via BGR



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posted on 08 Dec 2012, 03:26 4

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Been more than an hour and no one commented :D
I'll break the barrier...
Nexus 7 will be one that might be found in every household...considering the build quality be great since it's Asus.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 03:41

2. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it might be kinda unfair for other nexus that this "new nexus" will have microSD slot... but i just dont understand why 4.1.1?

they should use the chips of other cheap tablet out there(rocket chips, MediaTek, etc)! so that google could prove that whatever hardware they will use, android can run on it!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 11:21 1

10. sprockkets (Posts: 1084; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


You know Asus could just be releasing another tablet, the "nexus" part is just a bad assumption.

It isn't as if Asus sells their own transformer line, sheesh.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 03:47

3. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


I'm sorry, but Google is killing the industry will all these cheap Nexus device. Other companies with no nexus will have to lower their price just to compete against another android device.

It's good for us, consumers, but it will mean less profit for companies and which can lead to less innovation

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 03:58 1

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


thats why i think google what to pull an apple! that why the world needs more choices!!! if google will keep on bringing cheaper device, other small player cant sell its devices due to the fact that its direct competitor is google itself!

we'll see what could mozilla firefox and sailfish OS bring in open source community!

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 04:24 1

5. kdealltheway (Posts: 91; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Luxury devices always have their buyers. During recesion only line of products that still had steady sales were the ones on top of price list. It is hypocritical to deny growth of cheap sector. Don't you worry about industry, they have the money, they put it more in marketing then development.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 04:51

6. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


I think you are missing the point here. The nexus 4 has high end specs but with a middle end price tag. It is competing with other companies' flag... Since it's the recession, like you said, more and more people will opt for cheaper high-ends. Which won't be a non-nexus, since it won't be subsidized.

Also, company put money into marketing because it will lead to more sales for further developments of tech.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 07:28

7. MartyK (Posts: 688; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I think what google is trying to do is this; by make a cheap device, anyone can buy and Experience a great android products, by removing all these fly-by-night TERRIBLE companies who done nothing but give Android a bad-name. The major players (Asus-Samsung-HTC-Sony-LG-Moto) will continue to making high-end Android, so they have nothing to fear.Good move Google!.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 07:46

8. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Not digging the one core but it's not targeted at the high end crowd. At a $100 I can see this selling like hotcakes. Many people just want to read a book, browse the internet, facebook, stream a movie or play a simple non demanding game.
Google's plan is to ultimately saturate the market with these cheap Android devices while putting a dent in Apple's tablet market. Apple's stock is driven by market saturation and if their selling less tablets and iPhones that will hurt Apple badly.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 10:34

9. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


That first pic is interesting. Would that be a 10.1 tab? With all the talk of dirt cheap tablets, it would be funny to have this turn out to be a $250 10.1.

posted on 08 Dec 2012, 13:53

11. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


single core devices can run Jelly Bean 4.1.1 just fine - I have been doing so on my Captivate for many months now.

posted on 09 Dec 2012, 10:02

12. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


Google is completely changing the industry and it's freakin' awful for apple. Yay! Very good step by google.

posted on 10 Dec 2012, 16:00 1

13. Zero1u81 (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


Couldn't Google and Asus just go,"Hey, the 8GB Nexus 7 is 99.99 now."?

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