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CES: Asus announces a £160 tablet powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3

Announced by the two firms’ CEOs at CES
Tue Jan 10 2012, 16:30

TAIWANESE HARDWARE MAKER Asus will release a £160 tablet powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

The 7in device was announced jointly by Asus CEO Jerry Shen and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on stage during Nvidia's keynote at CES on Monday. The INQUIRER was at the event and reported it live.

The Asus ME370T tablet will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. The Tegra 3 chip features four ARM Cortex A9 cores, with a fifth 'companion' core running at a lower frequency and drawing very low power to offer improved performance and 61 per cent lower power consumption, Nvidia claims.

Shen said during the Nvidia keynote that prices will start at $249 (£160). This compares favourably to £500 for the Asus Transformer Prime tablet, which has the same processor.

Huang also confirmed in his keynote speech that the Asus Transformer Prime will be the world's first tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Nvidia demonstrated Windows 8, the next Microsoft PC operating system (OS), on a development tablet during the keynote. Huang said that Windows 8 is the most exciting Microsoft PC OS release since Windows 95, adding, "It is an epic event." µ


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