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

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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11 Comments

1. kstagg

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

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

8. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 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.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

11. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

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

2. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 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.

3. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

didnt schmidt say the tablet would be revolutionary in terms of spec????? rumour sounds lame !!!

4. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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.

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

6. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Um, where was a data plan or carrier subisidy mentioned folks? At $200, I doubt it has a 3g/4g radio.

7. vikiprime

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

i want google nexus prime, no thanks!!!

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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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