Intel, the company driving desktop computing has already tried to push itself into the smartphone industry since last year with the introduction of several Intel-powered devices which did unfortunately not gain much attention.
Things are changing, for the most part Intel appears to be in direct partnership with Android manufacturers to provide budget-friendly devices powered by Intel‘s Atom SoC (which is different from the notebook Atom). Out of this was born the Asus ME371MG, a 7-incher tablet device sporting an Intel Atom Z2420 SoC running at 1.2GHz with the PowerVR SGX540 GPU alongside 1GB of RAM. This tablet is no big deal when it comes to its display since it packs a 1280 x 800 panel. A 3MP back shooter and a 1.2MP front facing camera come bundled. The device will come in 8,16 & 32GB variants without forgetting a MicroSD card slot.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be preloaded, this is quite stunning since all previous Intel devices had Android 4.0, which is quite obsolete. Other than that the tablet measures 196.6 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm and weights 340g. A standard 4270mAh battery will provide enough juice for around 9.5 hours of use, as usual it comes with a accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor and a light sensor.
We have no current pricing but the tablet is expected to be released sometime around Q2 this year. We could possibly see it demoed during MWC2013.