Notebook Italia has turned up an interesting product shot. According to their sources, this could be a 7″ Asus eeePad or it could be the new Asus eeeMemo.
They haven’t said where they got it, but this blog has been following the 7″ eeePad rumors for a couple months now. It seems likely that they caught the eye of an Asus insider.
If this is real, then this tablet would likely have specs similar to the rumored specs of the eeePad Memo, which is supposed to ship with a 1.2GHz SnapDragon CPU, 16GB of Flash storage, Wifi/3G, and an IPS screen (1280×800 resolution).
The eeePad Memo was first mentioned by Asus in January 2011, but so far as I can tell it was never released. Thealso looked a lot different from the tablet above, and that suggests that this is something different.
But let’s be clear, Notebook Italia doesn’t even know the screen dimensions of this image, much less the model name, price, specs, or release date. They don’t even claim that this is a 7″ screen. So at this point all we have is a teaser image that hints at a possible new product.
While I am hoping for a 7″ eeePad Transformer, I’m deeply curious about how Asus would manage the keyboard dock. This model looks to be based on a portrait orientation, not landscape, and that leaves the short side of the screen for the dock. That’s not enough room for a real keyboard. Maybe the dock will have a second screen? Now that would be cool.
Asus was already on my list for CES 2012, and now they have a star, exclamation points, and several drooling zombies after the name. But I’m also only going to be at the show for 3 days, so I might miss it.