Is this the Nexus tablet sliding through the FCC ahead of Google I/O?

Is this the Nexus tablet sliding through the FCC ahead of Google I/O?
According to an FCC filing, the seven inch ASUS MeMo Pad 370T has passed through with only Wi-Fi radios in tow. You may recall that we saw ASUS showing off the Tegra 3 tablet back at CES this year, and now it looks like we won’t have long to wait to get our grubby little paws on one.

But wait! ASUS shelved the tablet after Google tapped them to make their low-price “Nexus” tablet, so what’s going on? We’d wager that the internal development name simply didn’t change, and what we’re seeing pass through the FCC here is in fact the tablet that Google will introduce later next month at Google I/O.

That device, which was labeled the Google Nexus 7 in benchmarks that we reported on yesterday, is expected to go on sale in July, more or less immediately after Google I/O, and is expected to hit the sub-$200 mark – some rumors have pegged it as low as $149, but that seems awfully aggressive for a quad-core Tegra 3 device. Of course we’d be as delighted as you would if that were to be the final price, but we suspect that $199 is more realistic.

Also outed in recent news is that the Nexus 7 should be packing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will apparently be a tablet-centric update to Google’s mobile OS. As such we don’t expect phones to see 4.1, but rather they will be waiting around for the next major release of Android (maybe 5.0?) to pop up sometime in the fall when the upcoming batch of Nexus devices is expected to launch.

Of course we can’t confirm any of that from the FCC filing, but it does suggest that Google’s tablet plans are progressing on schedule ahead of their big summer shindig.

source: FCC via Engadget

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17 Comments

1. ninjawill

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2012

Please tell me that they simplify the design in the fcc photo. I dont see a micro-sd or micro-hdmi :(

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

well, at that price I don't think it could be avoided.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the last few nexus devices did not have either of those things, so i wouldnt get your hopes up that the next one does. Besides, they use those ports now that can do micro to HDMI from my understanding. Besides, they need something to differentiate from the normal Asus line or it could eat into it. The ebook user crowd wont care, the more hard core crowd should go for a transformer instead.

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

if it's quad core with a decent screen, an 8MP camera and decent battery, i might get one and replace my prime and phone --- and more cash for me.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I don't see a camera tho?

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i wouldnt hold my breath for a camera at that price. Maybe 5mpx just to say it has one, but i doubt it.

7. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Agree. Quad Core, Good screen, and an official Google tablet, sounds like a pretty sweet deal for $200

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

yeah... but the Asus Memo before had an 8MP if I'm not mistaken? Throw in GSM capabilities, I'm in it for that being my phone. Sounds very neat.

11. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

GSM capabilities would be sick.

13. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Who needs a camera on a tablet?

16. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Well, everyone's going to hate me for this, but I do. I don't have an SLR Camera or any PaS Cams, and my smartphone has low camera specs, and I usually never let go of this tablet, so IMO having a beautiful 8MP camera on my prime and that can be viewed on such a big screen is a win for me.

9. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For $149 (if its real) then few missing features will be acceptable...like rear camera...but front camera is must have...micro sd...can live without...hdmi...like i ever used it on my laptop :) Anyway...appreciate google taking nexus devices seriously

10. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

The FCC images definitely are simplified. I'm not sure whether to expect a rear camera at this price point, but I'd be floored if there wasn't a front-facing camera - Google is going to want to push Google Hangouts and Gmail-based video chat with this device.

12. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Indeed but I would want to push this tablet away from my ugly face.

14. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't really care if they call this the Nexus Tab or whatever because in my opinion, the Motorola Xoom is the original Nexus Tab. It was the first major tablet to run Android and was the first tablet to run Android 3.0 (the first version of Android optimized for tablets).

15. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I hope it doesn't weigh a lot, anyone held a Kindle would know that weight is a pain in the ass. Kindles are pretty heavy for their size, I hope this isn't heavier than that thing and another thing that it would have that puts it over the Kindle Fire is front facing camera, one hell of a processor and runs Vanilla Android OS. WiFi is just up my alley, no need for useless GSM nor LTE nor contracts. I live in NYC where hotspots are all over the damn place aside from having Optimum WiFi. Bring it on Google, I must test this thing out. I wonder if Google will release a 10" version with 1080p screen just to prove that they mean business.

17. Scott_H

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

That's an excellent question - it occurred to me that if they do end up naming this the Nexus 7, that implies that there may be a Nexus 10 at some point in the future (this fall?).

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