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Could Asus' new 'TV services' tablet be where hardware is heading?

Prosieben tablet, courtesy of Asus
Prosieben tablet, courtesy of Asus

Back in June, Asus launched what it called the world's thinnest 8-inch LTE tablet, it has now brought that tablet, without LTE connectivity to Europe as the ProSieben Entertainment Pad.

It is the first time Asus announced such a tie up with a content provider in Europe; ProSieben is one of the biggest commercial television station in Germany with a significant foothold in neighbouring countries as well.

The tablet, which is on sale for 149 Euros (about £125, $200, AU$210), comes with a subscription package to ProSieben services worth 100 Euros (about £80, $140, AU$150).

Similar model to smartphones?

Asus has only committed to selling the tablet in Germany and it will be interesting to see whether, if successful, it will enlist other subscription-based service providers.

A branded Sky or Virgin tablet could entice some especially if the tablet is free; Virgin Media is already giving a free 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to new customers but it's a freebie rather than one which is tightly integrated with Virgin's service.

The ME181CX, as it is also known, comes with a quad-core, 64-bit Intel processor, the Z3745, one that has a base clock speed of 1.33GHz. Other features include Android 4.4, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard strorage, an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 pixel IPS panel, rear and front cameras, Wi-FI, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, a 9-hour battery life.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology in a career spanning four decades. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.