An Asus representative confirmed Google will announce a Nexus-branded and Asus-built 7-inch tablet at the end of the month with a sub-$250 price tag.
The representative, who wished to remain anonymous,*revealed the news*to Android Authority during last week's Computex trade show, but offered no other details about the tablet except that “it will be awesome.”
While we can't independently confirm Android Authority's report, we do know that Google has hinted at its own tablet since December. That's when Eric Schmidt said the company would “market a tablet of the highest quality” within six months. Google later showed interest in*competing with budget tablets*such as Amazon's Kindle Fire.
Last month the*Nexus tablet popped up on benchmarking site Rightware. According to the specs will use a quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor, and come with the Android 4.1 (“Jelly Bean”) operating system.
In January, Asus announced the*MeMo 370T, a 7-inch Android tablet with Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside, and promised a price tag of $250. Since then, Asus has gone quiet on the fate of the MeMo 370t, leading to rumors that it will actually form the basis for Google's tablet. Nvidia, meanwhile, has announced a reference design for*sub-$200 quad-core tablets, so it's possible that a Nexus tablet would make use of this design.
Google is hosting its Google IO developers conference at the end of June -- and it's a likely venue for a tablet announcement. The tablet will likely appeal to tech enthusiasts because unlike the Kindle Fire, a Nexus tablet would be able to access the full Google Play app market, and would run the latest version of Android without any modifications.
As for other Asus tablets, the representative said the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T is*still on track*for a late June launch. But U.S. wireless carriers have shown resistance to Asus'Padfone, a phone that docks into a tablet, because it would basically provide free tethering on the larger screen. Only AT&T is open to the idea, but negotiations are going slow, the rep said.
pricing would be at around 10-12k...price is a steal for tab! =O I'm not a tablet guy pero mukang kukuha ako nito kahit mahaba habang ipunan hehehe. Of course, by the time may money na ako eh bumaba na ang presyo niyan win win..
...now if only these things can play flash sites like jplayers etc. tulad nung mga nasa anime streaming (aside from youtube).
Google officially unveiled the*Nexus 7*tablet at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco. Manufactured by ASUS, this is Google's first take on a tablet of their own brand.
As the name suggests, the Google Nexus 7 features a 7" IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip with 1GB of RAM and 12 core ultra-low voltage nVidia GeForce GPU.
And despite the capable hardware, Google managed to keep the price of the Nexus 7 impressively low. The slate will come in 8GB and 16GB flavors, which will retail for $199 and $249 respectively.
The Google Nexus 7 comes with Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity and Google Wallet preinstalled. Sadly, there isn’t a 3G model available, but obviously keeping the price as low as possible was key here. That's also the reason there isn't a camera at the back, and only a 1.2MP front-facing snapper. However, it's capable of shooting 720p video, so it's not all bad.
Measuring 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm, the 7-incher weighs in at 340 grams which is respectful for its size. The Amazon Kindle Fire and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be having a hard time, indeed.
have you touch the demo unit, how was it? compared to galaxy tab, ipad...
Wala pang display unit, I have played with the display units for Samsung Galaxy 7.0 and the Amazon Kindle Fire, which are the same size factor. For Google to put it's stamp of approval of it, as it will carry the companies name, I'm sure it will be good.