Asus could bring a 7-inch tablet to CES 2012

Asus 7 inch tabletAsus could be planning a move into Samsung’s territory with the launch of a 7-inch Android tablet. The Taiwanese company currently restricts its tablet range to models with 10-inch screens, such as the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

Samsung, on the other hand, offers 7-inch, 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch versions of its Galaxy tablets. The recent success of the Amazon Fire has shown consumers are interested in more portable tablets too.

Rumors of an Asus 7-inch tablet have been circulating for sometime, with reports of a device named the Eee Pad MeMo being slated for launch during CES 2012 doing the rounds before Christmas. Now an image, believed to show just such as device, has been leaked to the website Netbook Italia.

Is it the Eee Pad MeMo, a smaller version of the Transformer, or an entirely new model replacing or complimenting them? With no details other than the picture to go on, it’s impossible to answer, and one must always consider the possibility the image is the work of a cheeky fan too.

If the image is genuine, and an Asus 7-inch tablet is ready for a CES 2012 debut, could it use the same quad-core Tegra 3 chip as its larger cousin, the Transformer Prime?

Unfortunately, this could be wishful thinking as if we’re looking at the MeMo, the spec for that device is hinted to include a 1.2Ghz Snapdragon processor, 3G/Wi-Fi and either 16GB or 64GB of internal memory. According to Engadget, the screen will have a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution too.

Confirmation of the time and date for Asus’s press event has yet to appear on the official CES page.