Asus ME172V specs, first images and price leak out: the $129 tablet?

Asus ME172V specs, first images and price leak out: the $129 tablet?
The $99 Nexus tablet has been a dream for many of us, and now it finally seems we are close to getting it. The Asus ME172V is said to be the next mass super-affordable tablet and now it has appeared in retailers’ listings with its full specs and what looks like official images.

There are a few slight details - the Asus ME172V won’t be of the Nexus brand, instead it would just be a regular Android tablet by Asus. And the $99 price will actually be more like $129 to $149 (make this €129 to €149 for Europe). Still, it looks like a thing that will sell like hotcakes.

The ME172V will be a 7-inch tablet that will bear close resemblance to the Nexus 7 in terms of looks and design. It will come in either black or white, and will be offered in a Wi-Fi-only version, no 3G/4G cellular connectivity model is expected.

We also know that it will be built out of “simple” materials (our guess is good ol’ plastic), but still have an excellent price to quality ratio. Finally, here is what you’ve all been waiting for, the leaked specs and pictures.

Asus ME172V specs

Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Screen: 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel TN type display (not an IPS screen like on the Nexus 7)
Processor: VIA WM8950
Memory: 1GB of RAM
Storage: 16GB SSD
Camera: 1.3 megapixel front camera

source: Notebookitalia.it

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15 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

TN, IPS big difference?

4. zvioocge

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

yep tn is even worse than TFT

9. pahel

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Both TN and IPS are TFT. Thanks for your expert opinion but you have no idea what you're talking about.

7. exo2u

Posts: 27; Member since: May 10, 2012

Twisted nematic and in plane switching. A big reason why I use a TV for a computer monitor.

8. MeoCao unregistered

VIA chip, very interesting how it runs games. Love to see a preview on PA

14. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

an unknown brand of processor?.. idk but that doesnt sound promising to hear...if it is overclocked quad core then that will do the trick against Nexus 7...

2. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

and asus will take the cake in budget tabs once again!

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I just wish it was a dual core processor. The RK3066 seems pretty affordable yet powerful. Same with the Novathor 9540 and up. Much more powerful and usable. edit: Would love to throw this in a car dash like that one guy with the N7. However at $130-$150, I wouldn't ever feel the need to take it out.

5. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Asus Memo Pad :D

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I hope it will be equipped with dual core processor, KAI processors from nvidia. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nvidia-Kai-project-will-bring-affordable-quad-core-smartphone-by-end-year_id31975

10. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

NOW L CAN BUY TWO, ONE FOR ME AN THE OTHER TO MY LOVING WIFE

11. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Question is, does it have micro-sd? I cant tell from the pics.

13. GeneralBacon

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Probably not, as most tablets don't

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

mm, not bad. it'll probably have ASUS's custom UI which isn't a bad thing but it's another differentiator from the N7.

15. TyM99

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

Just get a nexus on craigslist ^_^

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