Asus did a very good job with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, so Android fans have higher expectations from the company’s next slate.Rumors on the alleged Nexus 7 killer tablet surfaced a few days ago when details about Asus working on a 7-inch slate leaked in the wild.
A few days after the initial thrill more details appear on the presumably Asus 7-inch tablet, which don’t look that thrilling anymore.
All in all, one thing is certain, the tablet will not be equipped with an Nvidia chipset. Instead, Asus seems to have opted for the recently launched Intel Atom Z240 chipset, which embeds only one core.
According to Tablet.bg, Asus is currently working on a 7-inch tablet equipped with a 1.2 GHz single-core Intel Atom Z2420 processor and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processing unit.
The 7-inch display is of IPS LCD quality and supports 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, which is not bad at all. Furthermore, the slate packs 1GB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
The amount of storage will be different depending on the model: 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. We have also learned the 7-inch tablet will sport a 3-megapixel rear photo snapper and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
Codenamed Asus ME371MG, the tablet is only 10.4mm thick and weighs around 340g (battery included). Speaking of battery, the slate will drain energy from a 4270 mAh Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer.
Software-wise, Asus’ tablet has been confirmed to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, but anything could happen by the time it goes on sale.
There are no details on tablet’s availability and pricing options, but we expect Asus will unveil the ME371MG later this month at Mobile World Congress 2013. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.