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Google Nexus tablet may have a 7-inch display, $199 price tag, rumors reiterate

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Google Nexus tablet may have a 7-inch display, $199 price tag, rumors reiterate
Wow, it has been a while since we last had a rumor about a Google branded tablet. Last time, which was about six weeks ago, it was claimed that a 7-inch slate priced at $199 was being readied for a late Q2 release. But although that information seemed a bit shaky for us at the time, the odds of it turning out to be accurate are raising as we now have another source providing similar claims.

According to Richard Slim, who is an analyst with DisplaySearch, Google is indeed working on a tablet with a 7-inch display and 1280 by 800 pixels of resolution. Moreover, manufacturing of the first batch of tablets – between 1.5 and 2 million units, is set to begin in April. Interestingly, he also claims that the device will retail for $199, which is just as much as the well-selling Amazon Kindle Fire costs.

If all of the above is true, the Google tablet will undoubtedly be superior to the current Kindle Fire. And that is not only because it would come with a theoretically better display, but also because it will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, whereas the Kindle Fire runs a stripped down version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. On the other hand, rumor has it that an Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is set to launch in mid-2012 along with a bigger model, which could be of 9 or 10 inches. And given the success of the Kindle Fire, we can safely assume that these two slates will definitely draw the public's attention, as long as they materialize one day carrying the right price tag, of course. Oh, and by the way, the source did not mention anything as to how the Google tablet will be named, but assuming that it will join the Nexus family seems to be a safe bet.

But then again, these are still rumors at this time, so you might want to take them with a dose of disbelief for the time being. Whether any of the above information holds water or not will likely become clear at this year's Google I/O conference.

source: CNET via SlashGear

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posted on 24 Feb 2012, 05:25 3

1. kstagg (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


If it's $199 only with carrier subsidy? No thanks.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 12:20 3

8. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


$200 with optional data plan with NO contract, and I'll consider it.

Biggest problem with high end Android tablets has been two-fold: 1) they are too expensive 2) they require data contracts.

The iPad comes with no such contract, and that definitely helps.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 16:17 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats not true in the least.
you can get any tablet with our without a contract.. including the ipad. walk into a verizon store and u will find ipads on contract.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 21:56 1

11. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


most tablets (outside of the US) dont come with plans (unless you want a plan)

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 05:28 1

2. longhairbilly (Posts: 61; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)


As long as its wifi I'm interested. I do like my Kindle Fire, but the lack of the Android Market has really become a pain.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 05:36 4

3. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


didnt schmidt say the tablet would be revolutionary in terms of spec?????

rumour sounds lame !!!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 06:36 1

4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Kindle is e-reader and half tablet it is not a full tablet like iPad and Galaxy Tab so Amazon will used their own Markplace not Android Market. Sorry for Kindle buyers for cheap and useless devices.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:02 2

5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 746; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I agree with kstagg. Why would I want to buy a tablet with a data plan? I can hotspot with my phone and not worry about it. Although, I am getting super excited about the padfone. A phone turning into a tablet which hopefully can have a laptop dock as well. The "same" device, 3 different forms/functions. My stake is on that for the future.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 08:50 1

6. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Um, where was a data plan or carrier subisidy mentioned folks?

At $200, I doubt it has a 3g/4g radio.

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 09:56

7. vikiprime (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


i want google nexus prime, no thanks!!!

posted on 24 Feb 2012, 16:18 2

10. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if its a 200 tablet without contract that would be awesome. the kindle fire will still smash it with sales as it is a much heavier advertized and specialized product. of course, the geek crowd will fawn for the nexus tablet.

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