Riding high on the success of its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, Asus is rumoured to be cooking up a new device, this time powered by an Intel processor.
Word of the mysterious tablet surfaced on Bulgarian site tablet.bg, pegging the tablet to have a 7-inch 1,280x800 pixel resolution, just like the Nexus 7. The device -- which apparently has the model number ME371MG -- is slated to sport 1GB of RAM and run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
So far, so bog standard. The elusive gadget is tipped to outshine the Nexus 7 on two counts though, reportedly offering a 3-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot -- both features that elude the current Google-branded device.
The tablet is supposedly constructed from aluminium, as you can see in the leaked snap above. The site claims the tablet will be 'ultra-budget', so fingers crossed for a price tag to match the £160 Nexus 7.
Intel is trying to get its chips inside as many smart phones and tablets as possible, to combat rival chip-builders like ARM.
While both those devices are workmanlike mobiles, neither set our hearts aflame like the Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5. If Intel wants to stake a claim, it'll need to be seen powering a top-tier gadget.
A follow-up to the Nexus 7 wouldn't be a bad mast for Intel to nail its colours to. As always, take these unconfirmed reports with a pinch of salt, but if this tablet is in the works, there's a good chance we'll see it revealed at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks' time.
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Image credit: Tablet.bg