Rumor: ASUS Nexus tablet to feature a dual-core processor, will be priced at $149

by: Mike AndriciMarch 16, 2012

Earlier this month, we’ve covered a couple of seemingly connected rumors regarding what is currently being referred to as the Nexus/Google tablet. The first rumor (chronologically speaking) hit the blogs when AndroidAndMe claimed to have insider information regarding the upcoming Google Nexus tablet, which would supposedly be manufactured by ASUS. Around one week later, a Digitimes report followed up along the same lines, though with a few extra details.

Summing up the previous Google Nexus tablet rumors

Up until now, rumors seemed to indicate that Google was planning to release a quad-core Nexus Tablet that would be manufactured by ASUS and would be priced between $200 and $250. Judging on the rumored specs and on Google’s track record of basing its Nexus smartphones on existing devices from OEMs, it seemed like the Nexus tablet could be based on the 7-inch ASUS MeMO 370T.

Fueling the speculations, ASUS has unveiled the MeMO 370T (running Ice Cream Sandwich) at CES, in January, but the Taiwanese didn’t even mention the device at MWC in early March.

New rumor: the Nexus tablet will be dual-core, priced at $149?

Today, AndroidAndMe reported yet another rumor, this time allegedly coming from a supply chain insider, claiming that the ASUS MeMO 370T was cancelled, and thus won’t reach the market in the state we’ve seen it at CES.

However, the source suggested that the MeMo 370T will suffer several modifications (downgrades, really) before being re-branded into the Nexus Tablet, explicitly mentioning that the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor will be replaced with a dual-core Qualcomm processor. AndroidAndMe’s source did not mention it specifically, but I’m guessing (and sort of hoping) he was talking about the Snapdragon S4, although the S3 cannot be excluded. However, there’s some good news — the dual-core Google Nexus would supposedly be priced between $149 and $199!

Android fans, cross your fingers!

To put it bluntly, if this rumor turns out to be real, it’s very much a double-blow administered to the Android community. Not only we’d be denied a quad-core Nexus Tablet, but we’d also be denied a quad-core Ice Cream Sandwich tablet (I’m talking about the ASUS MeMO 370T) that – priced at $249 – would have kicked some serious butt. On the flip side, a $149 Google tablet would be incredible, no matter how you look at it.

What do you guys think? What would be better: a quad-core Google Nexus for $200 or a dual-core Nexus tablet for $149?

  • wonshikee

    I’ll take one

  • Harry Tate

    I vote for the quad-core @ $200.

  • Ohjjg_gdhgf

    dule core are last year we should have quodcore that are able to play ps 2 or ps 3 games

    • Balthuszar


    • benjo

      people really need to get some idea of how computers work before making comments like this. The speed of the processors is far more important overall than how many cores are on the chip. Quad core processors are only really useful if an application is coded specifically for them. In most real world situations a fast dual core processor will outperform a quad core due to having far more support and being capable of more raw power. Even single core devices will not perform that much worse although that is changing year by year as multi-thread support on mobile devices increases.

      for the record emulating PS2 games is well out of the realms of mobile devices right now. Most of the top end mobile devices can just barely handle the PS1 and N64 emulation. The PS2 alone is many times more powerful than a PS1 and even top end PCs struggle to emulate it. PS3 emulation is completely unrealistic any time in the near future and thout custom chips it could take more than a decade of PC development to even seem possible.

  • Kokopelli

    It is an interesting compromise. The price drop puts it into a different category, competing with the Kindle Fire and Nook rather than the Transformer Prime and iPad. If the performance is sufficient to not cause lag in browsing and non-game apps then this seems like a good decision. If we want to have a vanilla android as a factor in the market there needs to be one that can gain mass appeal. To date Android has not done well against the iPad at the same price point so targeting a lower price point to get traction makes sense.

  • Snapdragon S4 Krait is probably better than Tegra 3 based on benchmarks. If this is the SoC we’re talking about on Asus Tablet Nexus, DualCore for the win!

  • This is a tough one. On one level I would love to have a quad core, but seeing how I do not play any games on my tab that even pushes it (its a dual core) it may not make that much of a difference. To get a device that will always be updated for $150? That would be to good to pass up.

  • michael parayno

    149 bucks will do for me since i just need to watch a few videos and send out emails in bed or on the couch.

  • Bajarace

    QUADCORE!! I would much rather a slightly higher price for the quad. If its duel core ill still get one but ill have to get the new TF 700 first. That may have been they’re plan all along…..

  • Droidfan

    This will be a mistake of epic proportions. Make the MeMo 360 the Nexus tablet. Price it at
    $250 and eat everybodys’ lunch. Then you can release a $ 150 Nexus lite in October and have the two blast through the Christmas holidays.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Can you all please stop quoting these meaningless carrier prices. Its even worse than quoting a down-payment for something because you are signing an open-ended contract with some bloodsucking corporation. The total cost of ownership is unknown and all backloaded!

  • Bryonervin84

    I am extremely disappointed. I wanted that quad-core. I didn’t mind spending an extra $100. I don’t want a downgrade. I probably won’t buy this.

  • sameer_singh17

    I’m not sure if this is the smartest idea. Even if this is the S4, “quad core” is a much stronger marketing term. Unless the with a Tegra 3 was coming in at around $250.

  • Dhsmatt

    I agree win humberto Look at the S4 benchmarks. The raw computing power is close to twice that of the Tegra 3. If anything this could be a good thing. The S4 is a generation ahead of Tegra 3. Smaller dye and increased speeds.

  • Kycayman

    Quad – I will take it for $249. ASUS and Google have proven they bring quality to the fore front.

  • Mamoon Noorestani

    It should come with a 1.8 Ghz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor when it launches.

  • Maurieee

    I’ll buy it all the same even if it is only dual core. I bet they are expecting to kick some butt to Apple for $149, and they will!

  • Both….. I like cake and sometimes I like eating it too.

  • I am very irritated that after waiting for the Asus Memo 370t we now find out that they are downgrading to a dual core. Hopefully this rumor is not true….

  • Peachfuzzin2

    Just ask yourself….would I rather have a Tegra 3 or S4 Krait + $100? Benchmarks seem to be showing that S4 keeping up with the best of them.

  • Afzalwali

    I hope the price tag does no go above $169. If anything above that amount, I’d rather wait for the ipad mini rumored at $299.

  • Thomas Franzén

    Snapgragon S4 > Tegra 3 > Snapdragon S3

    I really hope they put the S4 in the nexus tablet. It’s acually better than the tegra 3 and would fit my needs perfectly. They perform similar in benchmarks, but take into account that the S4 only got two cores=less power usage=more effective.

    My Nexus tablet specs:
    Wifi/3G tablet (Maybe even 4G)
    1GB RAM+
    Remove the camera on the backside (to save some money)
    32 or 64GB storage.
    MSM8960 Krait 1.5 GHz or better
    Android ICS upgradeable to JB

    This would be awesome imo
    If they go beneath these specs, I would look for a cheap tablet elsewhere.

  • i want my 370T

  • Amazon got it right, it’s not about the device’s specs it’s about its price point, if Google wants to compete against Apple in the tablet market then it’s better to replace the Ereader market with 7inch, budget Android tablets without any competition from Apple in that form factor and at that price point and create their own space instead of trying, and failing, to take Apple head on at its own game. Smaller tablets, bigger phones and budget prices are the biggest advantages Android has over iOS, and it works.