ASUS Prepares 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO Tablet and Samsung Its Galaxy Tab 7.7
While Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire is winning in the tablet PC market at the price of US$199 and China’s CPU maker, Ingenic Semiconductor, is offering a 7-inch model at US$119.9, AsusTek Computer is also planning to launch its 7-inch Wi-Fi-only Eee Pad MeMO 370T tablet PC at $249 during the second quarter of the year.
With several players all entering the 7-inch tablet PC competion, where Apple has not yet made any significant movement, notebook players think the market could bring opportunities to the non-Apple players before the third quarter.
While Apple is expected to launch one iPad model in March and another model in October and the new Wintel platform will appear in the fourth quarter, the result of the tablet PC competition has just become more unpredictable.
The Eee Pad MeMO 370T runs on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 and it is operated by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also features an 8-megapixel camera.
Asustek, in the second quarter, will also launch a 3G-only 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO 171 tablet PC using a Qualcomm solution and priced at US$399-499.
In other news, Samsung has also launched its Galaxy Tab 7.7, equipped with a 7-inch panel for only NT$21,900 for the 3G version and NT$16,500 for the Wi-Fi version.