To call the Google Nexus 7 a popular tablet would be a bit like saying Da Vinci was pretty ok with a paintbrush – long story short it’s the kind of stuff legends are made of. Having finally hit the market last year after months of release date rumors and relative silence from Google, the mini-tab co-created with Asus took the market by storm and gave the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire a serious run for its money.
And even since then, not a single device including the iPad Mini has come close to offering a remotely comparable bang-for-buck ration to the Google Nexus 7 – it’s still the tablet bargain of all time, hands-down.
This is exactly why talk of a new 2013 Google Nexus 7 release date in the near future has generated such well-earned hype, as the world waits with baited breath to find out which direction Google will take its tablet next time around. Are we in for beefed-up specs and features for a higher price? A reissue of the same golden goose? Or how about a step backwards in the form of the fabled $99 Google Nexus Tablet?
Whatever Google has up its sleeve, it could have some serious competition from a new pure Asus tablet that’s just leaked its way onto the web – namely the Asus ME371MG.
The latest tablet to leak from Asus shares several similarities with the Google Nexus 7, though is rumored to be earmarked for an earlier release date and a price-tag of just $149. With regard to specs and features, the Asus ME371MG will apparently use an Intel Atom single core processor between 1GHz and 2GHz, which by rights would facilitate a much lower price-tag than the Google Nexus 7.
In fact, it could bring the Asus ME371MG down to the $99 mark, meaning that it could indeed be the tablet rumored to be the $99 Google Nexus 7 – albeit without the Nexus branding.
Elsewhere, the Asus ME371MG will reportedly pack 1GB of RAM, Android Jelly Bean, a 1280 by 800 display of 7-inches and storage options of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.
With regard to release dates, there is little concrete to go on at this stage but all signs are pointing to a possible reveal at the 2013 Mobile World Congress late this month and a subsequent launch in the weeks to follow.