Google Nexus tablet rumored to come with a front-facing camera, $199 price tag

Google Nexus tablet rumored to come with a front-facing camera, $199 price tag
With all that hype surrounding the newly announced Microsoft Surface tablet, we almost forgot that Google is expected to unveil a slate of its own later this month. The Google Nexus tablet, or whatever the device ends up being called, will be a fairly affordable 7-inch device, and Asus will be the company manufacturing it, as long as the rumors are on the right track.

Our favorite hit-or-miss source DigiTimes is filling in some of the blanks for us today, quoting sources related to "upstream component makers". So according to those sources, the Google Nexus tablet will come in Wi-Fi-only flavor, and nothing is being mentioned about a potential 3G model. Also, the device will supposedly come with a front-facing cam, yet a more potent camera will not be present on the back in order to keep the tablet's price down. The Google Chrome browser will probably come pre-installed on the device.

In addition, the sources claim that the first batch of Google Nexus tablets has been shipped this month and the device should be available for purchase in July. The total number of units shipped will likely surpass the 3 million mark by the end of the year.

Interestingly, while the Google Nexus tablet is expected to retail for $199, Asus is said to be working on a 7-inch offering of its own. It will allegedly be priced at anything between $159 and $179 and will be launched in August. This, however, is but a rumor, just like all of the above information, so better treat it as one – with a grain of salt.

source: DigiTimes

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1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This sounds very promising,for a start very very few people ever really use the back facing camera on tabs,why would you really?! Also people have wifi ready available in most places or have mobile hotspots so no 3g isn't an issue either. The front facing is very useful for tango calls and skype admittingly. If this tab ends up quad core with decent screen and memory then the android take over of the tablet market will mirror that of the way the smartphone race went

2. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

My gift to mum is ready, thanks Google and ASUS.

3. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

Only front camera, I must say intersting approach.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

I agree. Most folks don't take pics with their tabs anyway, so how detrimental could it be?

8. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

This is a little off subject but, I have seen a guy out with his iPad snapping family photos at a local farm that gives horseback riding lessons. The guy looked like a total douche and seeing him take action shots with such a cumbersome point and click device was classic. I want to know what he was thinking when he decided to "just use his ipad".

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, my teachers take pictures of us using their iPads. But they have iPad 2's so the pictures are rather unusable.

4. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

no rear camera and only wifi, thats what I need for now. I use phone for taking pict and 3g. don't want to have other carrier to pay for

5. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

I think google is making things just to compete.. hope they dont forget about the croud and the cool features, performance and xperience we would want to have... just wait a see... dont disappoint us google!

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this but in 10 inch with a keyboard doc would be great. I dont need silly bells and whistles like cameras. I need it to be fully functional for school.

14. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

in that case you need 'surface' - fully functional desktop but in a tablet form... we just don't know yet if Google nexus would have an amazing specs given its low pricing point, but that's a suggestion, don't shoot me. :p

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I have a feeling this is a test to see what works on a tablet, sometimes I think tablets have useless additions like cameras and carrier radios. WiFi with a single but 2-3mp front camera would be fine as video chatting would make sense on something that large and the crisp resolution would benefit for self portraits. If this takes off Google will most likely commission Asus to build a 10" no compromise tablet with all the bells and whistles like the iPad. I am looking to get a tablet since I'm about to head back to school and this looks like it might be right up my alley, size, price and wifi. I will definitely give this thing the run through as I can't see myself spending exorbitant amounts of cash on a tablet. Now i wonder if this thing has SD Card input and at least 32GB of built in space.

11. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

things i don't need from a tablet: - back camera - an iOS inside and i need: - keyboard dock - stylus (i draw a lot) - USB host/OTG capability (same or better than the SGS3)

12. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I personally think they should make the camera on a swivel so you can flip it forward or backside for whatever the situation may call for.

13. tubieso

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 17, 2012

Google: Nexus tablet is going to be sold in July with $199

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