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Google Nexus tablet rumors begin; 7-inch slate priced at $199?

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Google Nexus tablet rumors begin; 7-inch slate priced at $199?
Just a couple of weeks ago, Eric Schmidt hinted that a Google tablet, presumably one bearing the Nexus brand, is already in the works. Additionally, he clarified that the device could debut in no more than six months' time, which points at a possible announcement at the upcoming Google I/O conference. 

Unfortunately, no further details about the tablet were revealed, which is why the rumor mill is already working at full speed. A recent report from DigiTimes suggests that the Google Nexus tablet will be a 7-inch device priced at about $199, thus becoming a competitor to the Amazon Kindle Fire. The information is said to be provided by “sources from Google's upstream supply chain”, whatever these sources happen to be supplying. Interestingly, the guys at Google Taiwan were unaware of any plans regarding a Nexus-branded tablet, or so they claim, according to the report.

However, the above speculation is looking a bit shaky, mainly because it is in conflict with what Eric Schmidt mentioned, namely that the Google Nexus tablet will be of “highest quality”. And a 7-inch tablet with a $199 price tag does not sound quite high-end to us. Furthermore, a Nexus-branded tablet is supposed to serve as a reference device – a yardstick that other manufacturers will be comparing their Android offerings against. A Kindle Fire competitor is quite unlikely to boast such quality. 

That being said, it is best to take DigiTimes' report with a great dose of disbelief, especially since quite a few of the rumors that it provides turn out to be untrue eventually. On the other hand, do you fancy the idea of a competitively-priced, 7-inch tablet that can deliver the richest Ice Cream Sandwich experience possible? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 05 Jan 2012, 04:57

1. rlichota (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Oh my, oh my, oh my. 7 inch factor, I need serious convincing.
I only got convinced to Note.
Robert Lichota

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 06:43 2

2. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


google is not an idiot, the nexus tab will definitely be a high end tablet to compete the other OSes like windows 8, ipad3 etc. it will be a high end competitor. ya there might be a low end version that might compete kindle fire, mini ipad, nook tablet etc. but NEXUS TAB will be a HIGH END tab for sure

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 07:54 1

3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


it should be high end so it could compete with the iPad. and it should also have an affordable price tag to compete with the Kindle Fire.. without one or the other, its gonna fail..

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 08:08 1

4. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


interesting theory.. other than speculations what proof is there? This would be a good way of having a stock ICS tablet without "cannibalizing" tablet sales like some flame articles say. Im not sure i'd go for a 7 inch tablet though. can we go 10 inches for 300? :) Of course, at this price im sure its going to be missing some features. maybe no cameras or something.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 08:23 1

5. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Why in the world would google settle for a 7" tab, can't compete with ipad 2. I don't care for apple but google should at least go for a 10" screen. That will be a major competing factor with their ICS tablet. ASUS Prime was no were to be found for Christmas because too many people pre ordered the Tab. Google need to compete with other high ends not just hoping their name will make it high end or just because it is running ICS.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 08:52 1

6. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Its no going to be a 7" tab. Most likely a 9.8 or 10" tab. the price is certainly not going to be $199 if its going to be a high end tablet. The price range would be around $450 to $500.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 11:25 2

7. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Why are people stuck on those dang Ipads!!!!! Apple apple apple!!!! uuuugggh makes me sick!!!! people standing in line for the same dang thing every year!!! come on really soon as somebody come out with a tablet or phone they always comparing it to the Dang iPone or iPad!!!! Really gets on my nerves i like GOOGLE AND ANDROIDS I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE APPLE PRODUCTS LIKE THE IPAD AND IPHONE AND I HATE IT. STUPID IPAD DONT EVEN HAVE FLASH STUPID I PHONE DONT EVEN HAVE FLASH!!! UGGGH!!!!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 15:13

11. Abdul92 (Posts: 43; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


stfu...

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 12:12 1

8. Murfpass (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Aug 2011)


Well if it's made by Samsung, it probably won't be high quality. As they have obviously shown with the last 2 nexi. (Nothing against the Galaxy 10.1) Samsung did right there but I would really like to see an HTC tablet or maybe Motorola. Someone that knows how to build high quality products.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 18:29 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 14178; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


high quality?
samsung makes and uses the best hardware available. Some of us prefer light weight and durable to "easily scratched n dented" tin covering a crapdragon processor.
those who care more about aesthetics than actual use of the device need their head checked.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 12:28

9. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


cool!

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 13:03 1

10. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


I think everyone kinda is comparing it to the iPad when it's no longer the top dog. Right now the tablet that is selling the most is the Kindle Fire for high end it is the Asus Transformer. Now of course you take price as a factor along with the fact that you want it to match up to everything else your competitors will come out with later this year. But it would not be foolish at all for Google to come out with a 7" simply because it would outsell both the iPad and the Kindle Fire. If you think about a Nexus device, it will have Android 4.0 and even if it just hast a dual core processor at even around the same price point of the Kindle Fire it would sell like crazy. Especially since we already know a company like Samsung will do the hardware and put Super AMOLED screen on it.

I just don't think it would be ridiculous at all. It would be very impressive actually and it would easily make Android the dominant OS in tablets by the end of 2012. So as a business decision it would not be bad at all. However being a tech geek myself I of course do want more high end and would like the nexus to be with a quad core, NFC, 10.1 screen, light, thin, etc etc. If Google could do both however they would indeed own the tablet market 2012. Way more people have android phones so it's easy to merge the ecosystems and it is a lot easier to move from iOS to Android than it is to move from Android to iOS.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 08:45

13. rlichota (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


It is just like real estate that is about the location. Same with the tablet. Many detractors. But it will be screen size. 7 inch may be GOOD. But if other size is more optimal, it is a winner.
You may say that there are different tv sets. Yes. But there are different rooms. With tablets, it is all arm lenght.
Robert Lichota

posted on 20 Jan 2012, 05:27

14. rlichota (Posts: 5; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


I go for HD resolution and 5 inch factor. Pocketable. Robert Lichota

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