But wait! ASUS shelved the tablet after Google tapped them to make their low-price “Nexus” tablet, so what’s going on? We’d wager that the internal development name simply didn’t change, and what we’re seeing pass through the FCC here is in fact the tablet that Google will introduce later next month at Google I/O.
That device, which was labeled the Google Nexus 7 in benchmarks that we reported on yesterday, is expected to go on sale in July, more or less immediately after Google I/O, and is expected to hit the sub-$200 mark – some rumors have pegged it as low as $149, but that seems awfully aggressive for a quad-core Tegra 3 device. Of course we’d be as delighted as you would if that were to be the final price, but we suspect that $199 is more realistic.
recent news is that the Nexus 7 should be packing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will apparently be a tablet-centric update to Google’s mobile OS. As such we don’t expect phones to see 4.1, but rather they will be waiting around for the next major release of Android (maybe 5.0?) to pop up sometime in the fall when the upcoming batch of Nexus devices is expected to launch.
Of course we can’t confirm any of that from the FCC filing, but it does suggest that Google’s tablet plans are progressing on schedule ahead of their big summer shindig.
source: FCC via Engadget