Eric Schmidt: Google plans Nexus tablet launch within 6 months, in time for Google I/O

Eric Schmidt: Google plans Nexus tablet launch within 6 months, in time for Google I/O
Ever since the launch, and subsequent disappointment, of the Motorola XOOM, Android fans have been waiting for a Nexus branded tablet from Google, and Eric Schmidt has said we could see one in 6 months. This seems like the perfect time for Google to make this move, because Google is finally leaving the weird offshoot OS version, Honeycomb, behind and moving forward with a unified Android ecosystem and Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Schmidt made the comment while speaking with an Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Schmidt said, “in the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality”, and noted that the smartphone market specifically will see "brutal competition between Apple and Google Android." Schmidt also paid respect to Steve Jobs calling him "the Michelangelo of our time." 

A Nexus tablet seemed pretty much inevitable with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, because at its root, Nexus devices are developer reference devices. At last year's Google I/O, Google gave away the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to developers, but it's about time Google had a tablet to call its own. Given that Google I/O 2012 is just over 6 months away, it seems reasonable that Google wants the Nexus tablet out in time for that developer conference. 

Unfortunately, there's no more word on the tablet. At the least it seems reasonable that it will include a quad-core processor, but beyond that we don't know what to expect, or even who the hardware partner will be. Given the quality of their Android tablets in the market, it seems likely that Samsung and Asus are on the short list to be that partner. As always, we'll bring you more as it comes out.

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26 Comments

1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

please drop a tegra 3 and 2Gb of ram in that thing, a 720p gorilla glass display would have me placing an instant preorder.

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

if we are lucky since its a tablet a 1080p gorilla glass display with 2gb of ram and hopefully it'll be samsung so we can have a quadcore exynos in that beast with 2 gb of ram 32 or possibly 64gb of internal storage :D

12. bbstorm2435

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Exynos may not be ready in time though. And it may be even more high def than 1080p considering Apple is trying to get resolution as close to "retina display" as possible.

18. RamyAbdelbadea

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

Don't forget the super amoled plus Display ;)

8. samda

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

..only swap that tegra with a snapdragon four cores running at 2.5 ghz. ;)

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Want 8.9" and Quad Core Exynos pretty please!!

17. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Most 10 inch screens are 720p anyways so I'd hope for at least 1080p.

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Just please... PLEASE!!! Whatever you do, come out with the WiFi only version first! By starting with the most expensive 3G model and adding an $800 price tag to it, Motorola killed the Xoom in its crib! Who would consider an $800 tablet by Motorola, when Apple makes tables for $300 less? Draw them in with the intro model first and when you get em' in the door, up sale em' to that high model. Please don't let history repeat itself!

3. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

If it's anything like my Galaxy Nexus I am so ready. I just hope they have Samsung do the hardware again. You can't beat a samsung screen.

14. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Dude, I'm with you. It's about time Google started setting the standard as far as what their tabs should look and perform like. I think we are finally going to get one that can compete with the iPad. I just hope Google takes advantage of this and does some mass marketing.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

soo agree.

5. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

"in the next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality" I hope we don't have to wait more then six months. I'm curious about a pure google ICS tablet.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Launch the Exynos Quad core with 2 gigs of ram in the tablet. Make me want it baby!!!! :) lol

7. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

http://support.google.com/contact/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=bizdev&rd=1 Maybe you can contact google throught that. If you really want this. I haven't tested this yet. Keep in mind that proposals such as these are always a bit difficult to handle, so be patient and persistent :)

13. bbstorm2435

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

Someone really hates you. I have noticed over the past few weeks you always get a thumbs down. I'm gonna counter it with a thumbs up though ;).

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Lol yea there are a few peeps that thumb down anything I say . That's how I know I'm doing good. ;)

24. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

not going to lie sometimes i just want to thumbs up whatever you said just because you said it...

9. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...I wish they power nexus tab with intel's ulv i5...and battery life at least10 hrs :)

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It won't be six months so don't hold your breathe. I would be really surprised to learn the manufacturer given the HP Tablet fiasco.

19. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Do we really need more Android tablets? There's too many and they barely carry any market share as is.. I'm not saying they're bad, because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 kicks ass

23. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

As much as i agree... (too many cheap knockoff tablets using fake versions of Android...) the Nexus is supposed to be the standard. :) showing people the best of what they can expect! there are a bunch of amazing tablets out there. i love anything Asus. and asus + google = instant cult for me to join but that's besides the point.. This is a chance for Google to show how its done.

20. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And of course google is not copying Apple's successful releases :)

21. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

transformer prime can be put on hold after this annoucement

22. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

ASUS or HTC plz. even LG... por LG hasn't had a chance to get in on the Nexus action... not that i don't like samsung but it wasn't really fair that they got the nexus twice in a row..

25. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Motorola will be up next I bet. Hope not, their tabs aren't as good as Asus and Samsung. As far as HTC, I would go Moto over them, their phone success hasn't translated to tablets. As far as LG, have they even made any tabs yet?

26. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

I personally like how public opinion has reduced the occurrences of politicians/businessmen from bashing people in their graves. Sorta like the way Alexander Hamilton was when he died early.

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