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

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.

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



13. Zero1u81

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

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

12. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

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

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

9. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

8. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

3. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 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

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

5. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

6. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

7. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 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!.

2. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

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