New $99 Nexus Tablet to Pass on the WonderMedia CPU?
The plot thickened today as the rumors surrounding Asus' rumored budget Nexus tablet took a turn for the Egyptian. The usually unreliable Digitimes is reporting that Asus has issued an official denial concerning certain details about the tablet’s specs:
Commenting on a recent market rumor that Asustek Computer considers to adopt entry-level ARM-based platform from WonderMedia, a subsidiary of VIA Technologies, for an US$99 7-inch tablet in China, Asustek Computer CFO David Chang has refuted the rumor and said the company has no such plans.
I’m going to disbelieve this statement, even though it is from Asus' CFO.
The thing is, we’ve already seen a couple leaks relating to this tablet that follow a pattern set down by the Nexus 7 this spring. Info pops up here and there, benchmarks show up online, and at some point we should be seeing photos shot from the tablet. The leaks are entirely too predicable for all of them to be wrong.
Most importantly, when the Nexus 7 was rumored to be coming this spring, Digitimes reported several rumors about the tablet. Most of those rumors turned out to be true. And with the $99 Nexus tablet Digitimes has also been the source of a number of rumors, including the one about the WonderMedia CPU. I would not describe Digitimes as reliable for many of the rumors they invent, but when it comes to Nexus tablets they do seem to have legit sources leaking info to them.
I still believe that the $99 Nexus 7 will have a 1GHz CPU with a 400MHz GPU, and that the chip will be provided by WonderMedia. The benchmarks don’t lie, and I see it as far more likely that the benchmarks are real than the possibility that they are an elaborate fake created by some internet trickster.