The race to the bottom for tablets can get more intense in the coming months as evidence mounts of an entry-level ASUS tablet in the works.
According to Pocketnow, a recently-discovered GLBenchmark entry reveals an ASUS tablet, ME172V to be running on a 1GHz processor with Mali-400 GPU. The same GPU is found in most Samsung mobile devices powered by Exynos 4 processors. Other specs include Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and a display resolution of 1024 x 552 pixels.
DigiTimes reported in September that Google and ASUS are planning to introduce a US$99 Nexus 7 by the end of 2012. A month later, DigiTimes obtained information from Taiwan-based supply chain makers that the alleged tablet will be equipped with an 800MHz single-core processor.
If Google can drop the price of its 16GB Nexus 7 from US$249 to US$199 after four months, it is also not far fetched to say that Google and/or ASUS are actually planning to introduce such an US$99 tablet to capture more market share from the Apple iPads.