Asus makes one of the best budget tablets on the market today, the Google Nexus 7. It’s a 7 inch tablet with a quad-core processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel display and a starting price of $199 US. But it’s not available in all parts of the globe.
Now the folks at iafrica report that Asus is preparing to launch a 7 inch tablet in South Africa. But it’s no Nexus 7.
The tablet is reportedly called the ME-172V and it features a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a WonderMedia WM8950 processor, ARM Mali 400 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage.
The tablet will have a front-facing 1MP camera, a 4270mAh battery, and a microSD card slot.
It’s expected to ship in early 2013 and feature Android Jelly Bean… although it’s not clear if that means Android 4.1 or Android 4.2
ALl told, it sounds like a much cheaper device than the Nexus 7 which has a faster CPU, a better screen, and more storage. But according to iafrica, the Asus ME-172V will sell for about 2000 Rand in South Africa. That’s the equivalent of $226.
To be fair, I have no idea what a typical Android tablet costs in South Africa. This price may be very competitive in that country. But the tablet still seems like a bit of a step backward for Asus.