Continuous rumours of a $200 Nvidia powered tablet have been around for some months now, yet rumours have not transformed into products just yet. At CES in January a 7 inch tablet from Asus was showcased which was powered by a Tegra 3 chipset and was set to retail for just $249. Since then the Asus Memo ME370T has been non-existent; perhaps until now. Nvidia has just unveiled a new tablet platform aimed at producing cheap, yet powerful tablets. The name of this platform? Kai. Retail price? $199.
The only major details currently known about Kai is that it will be Tegra 3 based and that pricing will be sustainable due to lower cost components and power efficiency.
Could the Asus Memo ME370T have been delayed in order to reduce the retail price and launch the Kai platform? In the above picture the tablet on the left looks a lot like the ME370T and the latest rumours suggest this could well be the case. According to sources the Asus manufactured tablet will be the first Google branded tablet and will be in stores by July. This could mean an unveiling at the Google I/O developer conference late in June.
Google has reportedly placed an initial order in the magnitude of 600,000 units and plan to order up to 2.5 million units by the end of the year. This 7 inch, $199, Android 4.0 powered tablet will be up against the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
KitGuru says: Welcome to the year of the value-packed Android tablet.