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Asus expected to announce two new Android tablets later this month

by Doug Drinkwater

February 6 2013

Asus expects Android tablet shipments to hit 12 million units in 2013
Asus expects Android tablet shipments to hit 12 million units in 2013

Asus looks set to ramp up its Android tablet plans by announcing two new models at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain later this month.

After unveiling an array of Windows 8 tablets back at CES in Las Vegas last month, the Taiwanese vendor has been slowly shifting its attention back to Android tablets of late.

Shortly after the exhibition, the company quietly launched the 7-inch $150 MeMo Pad, a Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) tablet that could well be joined by two new models in the next month.

The first of these new tablets is said to be the 10-inch Memo Pad, a device which one Dutch-language website reports as having a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM.

Sources say that the tablet, which is apparently already available for pre-order at $405 in some parts of Holland, will debut at the Mobile World Congress later this month, while other reports suggest that the tablet will be joined by the 7-inch FonePad.

Taiwanese news website Digitimes says that the FonePad, which can make outgoing calls, offers Android 4.1, 16GB of memory and 1GB of RAM, and expects the model to sell for between $271 and $305.

TabTimes will reporting live from Mobile World Congress, which runs from February 25 to February 28.

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