Intel's quad-core Atom CPUs are rapidly driving ARM-based chips out of mid-range and budget tablets, and the next tablet to go over to the dark side is the ASUS MeMO Pad 7 ME176C.
This 7" tablet leaked today on a German tech blog. While we still don't have firm details on the price or release date, the latest speculation says that it will cost $149 when it ships in the next few months.
The MeMO Pad 7 ME176C runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a 1.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 CPU with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot.
This tablet sports a 7", 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display. According to the leaked specs it will have a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS. It has a 3.9Ah battery which should get up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.
According to the leaked benchmarks, this tablet is going to be a solid performer. Its Antutu score was around 32,000. That is a considerably higher score than the Kindle Fire HDX or the Nexus 7 (2013). In fact the MeMO Pad 7 ME176C scored about twice as high as the Fire HDX, which retails for $229.
If this thing really hits the market at $149, and the general quality matches the benchmark, then this is going to be one hot little tablet.