Earlier this year Asus released a $149 tablet called the MeMO Pad 7. It’s sort of what you’d get if you took the Google Nexus 7 and cut some corners by throwing in a lousy display and a slower processor.
But with the annual Computex trade show in Taiwan just a few days away, word on the street is that the next-gen MeMO Pad 7 could offer much more without costing… much more.
Here are some of the day’s top tech news stories from around the web.
- Rumor: Next-gen Asus MeMO Pad to have 720p screen, quad-core CPU
The Asus MeMO Pad 7 is a cheap Android tablet with a mediocre display and processor. But there’s a new rumor making the rounds suggesting that the next version of this budget tablet will have a 1280 x 720 pixel IPS display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, and a price tag of around $169. [YugaTech]
- CyanogenMod 10.1 RC3 now rolling out for some devices
It’s been a while since the CyanogenMod team has added any crazy new features to its popular custom ROM based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. But work continues on stabilizing the existing features for as many devices as possible. [+CyanogenMod]
- Asus K008 hits the FCC, looks like a new 10 inch tablet
Last week an unannounced Asus tablet called the K005 hits the FCC website. This week a K008 model followed suit. I suspect they’re related somehow. [FCC]
- Acer’s oddly-shaped R7 convertible reviewed
Acer’s thinking outside the box with its latest Windows 8 convertible PC. It can function as a tablet, a notebook, or even a desktop or kiosk. It’s funny looking, and the touchpad’s in the wrong place. But according to this review, it’s actually kind of nice. [Engadget]
- Part 1 of an Archos 50 Platinum smartphone review
The Archos 50 Platinum is a 5 inch Android phone with a quad-core processor and a $220 price tag — for an unlocked, unsubsidized phone. This review is a work in progress, but so far you can get a good idea of what the device looks like. [ArcTablet]
- Report: Samsung working on a new Chromebook with a big.LITTLE processors
This is an unconfirmed report for now, but the makers of the first Chromebook to ship with an ARM-based processor may be working on a new model featuring ARM’s big.LITTLE technology which pairs a powerful ARM Cortex-A15 chip with a lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 core to offer long battery life and strong performance. [Mobile Geeks]
- Mark Shuttleworth closes Ubuntu bug #1: Microsoft’s majority market share
Ubuntu’s first bug report was filed in 2004, and the bug was that Microsoft dominated the PC space. This week Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth closed that bug for a few reasons. First, the growth of mobile devices means that Android and other mobile operating systems are now quite possibly on more devices than Windows. And second, it’s time to focus on Ubuntu, not the competition. [Ubuntu]