Asus showed a prototype of the MeMo 370T tablet back at the CES in January, but ever since then, the company’s officials left us guessing about their plans with the 7-incher. There were rumors that the gadget’s production has been cancelled, while other “sources” told us that we will see the tablet hit the market as the MeMo 370T during the summer. The most trustworthy speculations, however, pointed towards Asus and Google working together on a Nexus Tablet, set to cost under $250 and to be based on the MeMo 370T prototype.
The most recent development on the matter sees Asus’ 7-incher get the FCC’s blessing, which means that the tablet will in fact be released very soon. On the other hand, we still don’t know how it will be marketed and whether it will in fact be Google’s Nexus Tablet or just another Asus gadget. The FCC filings don’t help us one bit in this matter. The official model number is, as you would expect, ME370T, so everything and anything is still possible.
Moreover, could the MeMo 370T be the Nexus 7 tablet that was outed in a benchmark earlier today?
As for features and tech specs, we only have one little detail to report. According to the FCC internal documents, the 7-incher from Asus will be coming with WiFi connectivity, but no cellular connection, be it 3G or 4G.
The MeMo 370T prototype shown back in January was powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and featured an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
While this FCC approval doesn’t come with many clarifications on the Asus MeMo 370T and the supposed Nexus 7 tablet, there is something we have to be grateful for. We know for sure that Asus is getting a new 7-inch Android-based slate ready and, whether it will be manufactured in collaboration with Google or not, chances are it will be spectacular and pretty darn affordable.
Do you guys agree? Are you as excited as we are for the Nexus (7) tablet? Do you think that this MeMo 370T is in fact the new Nexus 7? Do you think it’s possible to release a 7-incher with quad-core power for as less as $200 right now? Drop us a comment below!
If Google can produce a decent tablet with an HD screen at ~$200 I think they will kill the Kindle Fire’s flame . . . :D
I picked up one of the KF refurbs just to hack. . . and after using KF UI I have to admit that Amazon did some strange things with the UI that really make it annoying. Furthermore, Amazon’s app store is lacking compared to gPlay.
Not to mention that with a Nexus tablet you can put all your Amazon stuff on it without the restrictions ;)
As for the price. . . I think it is possible for Google to come in around $200 for this thing. The high cost items are the screen and memory — the memory has been held artificially high for some time now and screen prices have been dropping. Furthermore, I don’t think Google is looking to make a high profit margin on this, most likely breaking even. So, if they can push the Galaxy Nexus @ $400 I think they might get this out around $200 which would make it a killer device.
I do have to admit that I like the 7″ form factor better than 10″ — 10″ isn’t big enough to use for daily use or productivity and too big to be mobile and easy to hold with one hand when laying in bed. . . however, I’m still a fan of a ~6″ phablet that I can dock for everything else. . .
is it having a SIM slot & voice calling function inbuilt or by memic?
Whats its full spec. & price in india with launching date?
Wish the Nexus 7 had an SD slot like the 370T was supposed to have. That’s stopping me from jumping on board right now …