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ASUS and NVidia CEOs show a 7-inch Tegra 3-powered tablet with ICS for $249

This is amazing and yes, you read this right. ASUS CEO Jonney Shih and NVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang stepped up on stage at NVidia’s press event at CES and teased a 7-inch ASUS tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich on the quad-core (actually, penta-core) Tegra 3 chip and said that it will cost just $249.

The tablet ASUS’ CEO flashed on stage looked like the Eee Pad MeMo ME171, but without an official confirmation from ASUS we can’t be sure. Never mind then, let’s focus on the tablet at hand. It was unveiled earlier at CES today and will feature a 7-inch WXGA 1280×800 IPS display.

Under the hood, there’s the aforementioned quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. The main camera is a 5MP one capable of 1080 video recording, while the 1.2MP at the front will take care of video chats. The Eee Pad MeMo also features Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, GPS, a gyro and proximity sensor.

The 4.400mAh will keep it going for 8.5 hours of video playback, which is not bad. The Eee Pad MeMo is expected to ship in Q2 of this year, but what we are more interested in is more specific information on the pricing and availability of this tasty tablet.

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