Is Asus working on new Nexus 7 model and Intel-powered smartphone?

Is Asus working on new Nexus 7 model and Intel-powered smartphone?
Quick, how many smartphones powered by an Intel processor can you name? Not many models come to mind, do they? That's because there's just a handful of them currently on the market, although Intel is slowly but surely making its way into the mobile arena with its smartphone- and tablet-optimized Atom chips. In particular, ZTE, Motorola, and Acer are among the chip maker's partners and they all have smartphones that run on Intel's silicon.

The next big name to join forces with Intel might be Asus, if DigiTimes' sources are to be trusted. Actually, Asus already has a product with an Intel processor ticking under its hood, namely the Fonepad tablet that was announced at MWC, but allegedly, there's a smartphone also coming down the road. The handset is said to be equipped with an Intel Atom Z2580 processor, which has two cores that can run at up to 2GHz. As a side note, that's the very same chip found on the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 smartphone. Furthermore, the source adds that the screen of this mysterious Asus handset will measure between 5 and 5.5 inches, which leads us to believe that in case this device truly exists, it might very well be positioned in the high-end smartphone category. We might not know for sure anytime soon, however, as this Intel-based Asus phone may not launch before June of this year. 

But wait, there's more! The very same source hints that Asus has a new Nexus 7 model in stock, scheduled to launch in May of 2013. To tell you the truth, that doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that the Google I/O event is in May, and that's when the next-gen 7-inch Nexus tablet might be announced officially. The new variant will have better specs (as if we couldn't predict that ourselves) and will retail for a temptingly-low price, somewhere around $250. 

Of course, one should keep in mind that the above information has not been confirmed by an official source. It might turn out to be inaccurate or totally false, so take this rumor with the usual grain of salt. 

source: DigiTimes

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12 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm excited about the new Nexus 7, love ASUS!

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

cant wait ...

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yes!! A new nexus 7, loving mine so far, even got the WiFi version to work with a USB wireless stick so its 3G too when it matters the most XD now I wonder if will see the tegra 4 on this baby or will be something else... Either way I'm saving for that or the note 8 I don't like the physical buttons on the N8 and they can narrow the body on the N7 to make is slightly larger while keeping the same size, (it fits on my pants back pocket) plus priced 250! Oh this could be good, either way I'm waiting to see a screen resolution bump, and maybe a camera with flash (if they are improving camera software/hardware its a good time to try) Now about the newest android version, I would like a gesture based ui for navigation (even if its beta and enabled via settings)

8. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I'm enjoying my N7 as well and I really want to see the next version. I won't be getting it though. I'm fine with my tab for at least a year more. Functionality-wise, it can perform all the tasks I want it to do. Some lag when in Powersave mode but at Performance mode I haven't seen it slow down (using Franco's kernel). When the 2014 Nexus comes out I'm gonna get that. By the way, don't expect much about the camera dep't. Added resolution? Mmmmm, good to have but not really needed. A next-gen processor is what I want, mainly for power-efficiency so I can make it last longer. A more efficient screen too!

11. Rocksteady unregistered

and a memory expansion slot would be a great addition, actually, that's what is preventing me from getting the current Nexus 7.

4. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

don't want any Intel inside!! why? because Intel has bribed almost every manufacturer and seller in the world not to sell AMD! the facts are here: bit [dot] ly/RYzOPP and everywhere! something like Microsoft or Apple (Apple + Intel + Microsoft) = A+I+M to bribing = pure evil, many facts round everywhere :)

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You don't want it on the nexus? I don't mind, as long as is not on the nexus

9. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I always buy a product from better company, I don't support ripen companies..... If you do the same, the world becomes better without rotten companies like Apple and Microsoft :-) Of you ignore that, we deserve the crisis :-)

12. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

ripen=rotten

6. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

You believe in Google Sources. Their Chromebook Pixel too has intel processor. They are going against Microsoft due to Scroogled campaign. They are going against Apple due to, well iOS vs Android competion. They're going against intel for some similar reasons i guess. However, I don't know why they're going against themselves. And yeah, at least I donot believe in Google anymore. Edit: Also, Intel has proved that its processors are currently the fastest on the market.

7. Hemlocke unregistered

It's hard to believe any company where you aren't their customer, you are their product.

10. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

So choose less evil, it's simple ;-)

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