This follows a series of reports that have been trickling out for months about a 7-inch Nexus tablet being developed with Asus. The tablet is slated to debut at the Google I/O conference that starts Wednesday.
Previous reports have claimed the Nexus device will sport the Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of memory, and IPS in-plane-switching screen — which boasts wide viewing angles.
The $399 iPad 2, by comparison, comes with a dual-core A5 and 512MB of RAM.
The Google tablet is expected, however, to have a 7-inch screen, considerably smaller than the iPad’s 9.7-incher which is also IPS, by the way.
Of course, apps are what matter to many, if not most, people. Though Google claims hundreds of thousands of apps, the iPad has more apps overall and more apps designed specifically for the tablet format, as reviewers are wont to point out.
Other expected Google tablet features include NFC (near field communication), Google Wallet, and Android Beam.
An 8GB model will cost $199, while the 16GB version will still be pretty cheap at $249, according to Gizmodo Australia.
It’s worth noting this isn’t the first highly anticipated $199 Android tablet. The $199 Amazon Kindle Fire was announced last year to great fanfare and a new Kindle Fire could arrive as early as July.
Strange Random Technology Quote:
“Technology has the shelf life of a banana.” – Scott McNealy
- Bloomberg confirms Google announcing $199 Nexus-branded Asus tablet at I/O (theverge.com)
- Google takes on iPad with new £150 tablet (thesun.co.uk)
- Google said to unveil tablet this week, taking aim at Apple’s iPad (macdailynews.com)
- LEAK: This Is Google’s Tablet (GOOG, AMZN, AAPL) (businessinsider.com)
- Details Leak Out on $199 Google Tablet (newser.com)
- Nexus 7: This Is Google’s New Nexus Tablet – Gizmodo Australia (gizmodo.com.au)
- Kindle Fire 2 coming in July, new report says (androidauthority.com)
- Why Google’s New Tablet Could Be The iPad’s First Real Competition (robhof.com)