ASUS working on another budget Android tablet?

News Clare Hopping 07:56, Feb 08 2013

ASUS may be working on another budget Android tablet as a follow up to the Nexus 7

ASUS may be working on another budget Nexus tablet with an Intel processor.

Although recent news stories suggest the new Nexus could use a Qualcomm Snapdagon S4 Pro processor, new rumors say it could well ditch that for a lower cost Intel chip.

This 7-inch tablet would potentially launch alongside a new Nexus 7 with a higher specced Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at the core. It may be launched with just the ASUS branding, rather than as an alliance with Google.

The rumor comes via Slashgear, which purports the processor will be a single-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor.

The device goes by the moniker ME371MG, and if the photos are really of the new device, comes with the Intel Inside logo plastered on the metallic-looking rear plate (apparently, it's aluminum).

If we're honest, it looks more like a first generation iPad with the Intel logo PhotoShopped on the back rather than a follow up to the Nexus 7.

The tablet will apparently feature a 7-inch display, just like the Google Nexus 7, with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Inside, there's 1GB RAM and options of 8, 16 or 32GB storage.

Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rather than the most recent Android 4.2 update certainly makes this device look a little more budget.

There will reportedly be a 3-megapixel camera on the back and a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front.

Google is apparently also working on producing a premium follow up to the Nexus 7 though, which will feature Android Key Lime Pie and launch at this year's I/O in May.

We reviewed the Nexus 7 last year and Marin fell in love with the budget Android tab.

He concluded, "It runs circles around the Kindle Fire because it has more fluid software, has stronger hooks to Google and the overall design is great. Don't count Amazon out yet, though, as we're expecting a new Kindle Fire in July and don't forget that a Kindle Fire also gets you a free subscription to Amazon Prime (which I love).

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