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NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang outed a new 7-inch Tegra 3 ICS tablet today for a revolutionary price - $249. While we know very little about the tablet right this moment, we do know that it was developed by ASUS and it's not the Eee Pad MeMo ME171 that was unveiled earlier today.

Update: Apparently this device is still in its early days, as it still doesn't even have a name. Or a release date. That's the official word at this moment. We were finally able to get some clarification on what this tablet is. It is the real Eee Pad MeMo ME370T, and the 7" ASUS tablet we posted about this morning was actually the Eee Pad MeMO ME171. There was some confusion in the press release that was sent out in regards to the ME370T, the hardware outlined was actually specific to the MeMo ME171, though the release date was given for the ME370T. That's what happens when PRs are rushed, but all is forgiven now.

Update x2: We're hearing that it has an 8MP rear shooter. That may not be much, but at least we're slowly getting more info. The rest of the specs are kept heavily under wraps for the time being.

Update x3: According to our contact at ASUS, the ME370T should be available sometime in Q2 of this year. Yay!

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Jen-Hsun Huang also showcased a new feature of the Tegra 3 processor called DirectTouch. DT utilizes the T3's companion core to sample touch on the device more frequently (about three times more often, to be exact), which ultimately results in a more responsive UI.

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Cameron Summerson
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  • Raphael

    Wow. I guess the fire has some competition now. Competition is awesome!!!! Unbelievable price point for a tegra 3 device! Seems like Asus wants to replace HTC as the new android favorite

    • M

      Samsung already replaced HTC as the new Android favorite if you've been following the headlines.

      • nocturnhabeo

        replacing Samsung then

  • Yourissues

    So I am clear this new feature is really already built into the tegra 3 right? Is that way so many people say the Prime is super responsive than? It's not really new than, it's always been there just not mentioned before right?

    • Tim

      The reason the TPrime is so responsive is due to the Tegra 3. As far as I know, DirectTouch is something new.

  • Kokusho

    I think this feature is enable in ICS.

    • Tim

      So it is a software thing? I had a feeling it was something as simple as adding a driver.

      • Melissa

        No, it's hardware based. The touch is handled by its own separate core in the Tegra 3, allowing the processor to respond more quickly to the input.

  • Greg

    Where do I pre-order? ;-)

  • Jerso

    Will GPS work on this one? (Just to clarify, I really like the Asus prime, it's not just ranting.)

  • Max

    wonder what's the default storage...conflict: this or the prime...

  • Deon

    $249, ICS and Tegra 3? Sign me up!

  • Rome

    Is "Direct Touch" a product of Tegra 3 + ICS? Or is it specific to these new MeMo pads?

    Basically, I am wondering if my Transformer Prime TF201 will have this feature after the ICS update.

    • Cameron Summerson

      Yes, it's T3 + ICS. He demoed it on a Prime. :D

  • Dan

    all these new tegra 3's look great. but i'm excited for what samsung has in store for their net cores A15 dual core 2ghz should blow these out of the water, coupled with them always having the best displays, that one will be really tough to beat.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    If I'm correct $249 is the price of the PS VITA when it will be released in the US....... ... ...............TAKE MY MONEY NOW!!!!!!

  • MikeAN

    249$ Tegra 3 and a company that backups their products with software updates...

    I would like other companies to take note of this last thing, if Asus is able to provide software updates timely why others are not?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Because ASUS has like one big Android product people care about with no overlays, while others like Samsung have 10s of devices and custom interfaces up the arse. It also probably has excellent engineers, but I think the main reason is concentration and focus due to having very few flagship devices.

      • Ben

        Regardless of how many flagship devices a company has others should take notes here.
        They already announced ICS for the OG Transformer as well. Should be available at the end of the month :)

  • LeonardKrum

    HTC Flyer = KO
    Archos 8 G9 = KO
    Samsung Galaxy 8.9 = KO
    Tegra 3.... 250$
    Whos Next?

  • Kim

    OMG asus may be wanna beat kindle not apple
    And i guess apple is not a rivel of asus

  • L boogie

    This would put Asus far ahead of the competition when this drops, just a question; does it have a front-facing camera? But beyond that, I want to know when exactly it comes to the states so I could pre- order ASAP.

    • kron

      Front-facing camera is a must!! PLEASE!!

  • Dave

    It is probably going to be quite some time until there are apps (games) that require this much power. The main advantage right away will be future proofing.

  • Kashif

    Is the DirectTouch is already embedded in the Transformer Prime 10.1 inch tablet?

    • http://stuarthalliday.com Stuart Halliday

      DT needs the companion ARM and the new software.

      Go look up what Tegra 3 has....

  • http://www.facebook.com/henk506 Connor Moroney

    i keep hearing that it turned into the nexus 7 is this true