The tablet world is going to be a better place by the end of the month, if an anonymous source at Asus has the right of it. First off, we should be seeing the launch of the hotly anticipated Google Nexus Tablet that’s being built by Asus.
This 7in tablet will bring Tegra 3 quad-core CPU power and possibly Jelly Bean - Google’s next version of its Android OS after Ice Cream Sandwich - to the table for under $300, maybe as little as $200. While a direct conversion is unlikely in the extreme, that should still see the Nexus Tablet over on this side of the pond for under £200.
Mind you, Asus is not the only one with small and affordable yet powerful tab plans, as Acer recently revealed the Iconia Tab 110 – yet another 7in Tegra 3 device, and this time for under $200. These are prices you couldn’t even have expected a decent entry-level tablet for a mere few months ago.
From the same source, the oft-delayed Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 will finally be seeing the light of day (or at least the lights of flash photography) around the same time.
Until the new wave of tablets in all shapes and sizes hits along with Windows RT, the Infinity should be the best non-Apple tablet money can buy, thanks mainly to its 10in IPS screen which squeezes in a 1080p resolution. Ipad 3 Retina display it isn’t, but it’s not far enough behind for the difference to be painful.
The most premium member of the Transformer family will also offer 3G for the first time in an Asus convertible tablet, along with all the features that made the Transformer Prime and Pad 300 some of the best tablets we’ve reviewed.
So which are you more excited about and which would you spend your money on? Or is Apple’s new iPad still the tab for you? Let us know in the comments.