Live at the NVIDIA CES 2012 Press Event today we saw plenty of the ASUS Transformer Prime, and also a newbie to the market that as far as we know will be called the ASUS Eee Pad MeMO. Not only is the Prime the first official (as in Google Official) Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, but ASUS will also have the first 7″ ICS tablet too.

Being shown off on stage but quickly hidden from our cameras was the new ASUS 7″ Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. This 7″ slate is aimed at the budget crowd but in no way, shape, or form a budget device. All those 3rd party tablets lacking Android Market support wont have anything on this — for now. ASUS has bundled a 1280 x 800 resolution 7″ slate with the quad-core Tegra 3 and 4.0 ICS. What’s better than that? The Price!

While no official release date was given, we can expect to see this tablet hit the shelves in early Q2 2012. We know the magic number has been $199 as of late but most of those aren’t nearly on the same level as the new ASUS tablet either. ASUS will be selling this new and impressive tablet for only $249 as the image above suggests.

We don’t have all the details as far as cameras, Micro-SD slots and things of that nature but the important ones for now we do know. And that is ICS, Tegra 3, 7″ and one more time — Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If you’ve been looking for both a powerhouse Android tablet that also has as much power as you can possibly imagine this is exactly for you. Well done ASUS — bring it on!

Note: We’ve seen reports of a MeMO with 3D and stylus support as you can see below. Until ASUS releases more details we’ll leave it at that, but the links are available below.

  • Anonymous

    Man that’s a good price.

  • john swain

    Everything I hoped for. 

  • cory wilson

    I don’t what other tablet comes out I’m buying this

  • KC

    Does this mean since it comes with ICS, it has NFC?   No NFC, not interested!!!

    • For what purpose would you need NFC? Google Wallet ? I thought this was not used very much for now.

      • Brian Luna

        like i said to the other guy android beaM!

    • Anonymous

      NFC in a tablet? WHY?!!?

      • Jon Garrett

        people said the same thing about cameras on a tablet, now everybody expects tablets to have them and those that have them are getting better ones.

      • Brian Luna

        android beam!

  • #nice! i have to like this. #asus is one of my prefered developers.

  • Nice Hardware, Awesome Software. Great Price. I just wish the border around the screen was a little smaller. If I am going to carry around a big o’tablet every inch should be utilized. Otherwise it’s just a slightly larger smartphone that can’t make phone calls.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is my next tablet. Amazing price for the hardware and software. The stylus support would be icing on the cake. Asus should be selling tons of this device.

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  • Shane

    The screen shots show Honeycomb.

    • GrahamBewley

      There was not a single tablet even close to running ICS available when these pictures were taken. If they didn’t want people to know what OS it was running, they would have turned the screens off.

  • zero

    Still cant figure out why full phone capability is not offered as often and even less frequently mentioned. Nobody holds their phone to their ear anymore so the whole.form factor stigma is irrelevant. And NFC is going to be vital. ,Without these two features its gonna be just one more slate in a sea of others

  • Alfalfalaffa

    Omg soooooo cheap! I hope these aren’t as difficult to get in Canada as the original prime was at launch

  • Conchubar

    Cant wait to see this hitting the UK market

  • Mefy295

    Is this available in the US yet?  We’re over there in May, so if I bought one there, would it be fully functional in the UK, please?  Sorry, I’m a complete novice when it comes to tablets!! Thanks!

  • ccww

    already have the Asus Infinity and held off buying the Nexus 7 for the inevitable release of Asus 7 tab. Patience is a virtue and now here it is! Can’t wait for it, a Nexus 7 on steroids, with sd slot and more. Bring it on!