Thursday, May 24, 2012

Report: Google/ASUS Nexus tablet to hit shelves in July





The somewhat reliable Digitimes has a new report out providing potential new info on the Google/ASUS collaboration that could result in the world’s first Nexus-branded tablet. The digital rag has been keeping a bead on the manufacturing industry centered in Asia and claims that the new tablet will begin shipping in June with an initial order of 600,000 units to go on sale in July. The timing is certainly right, as an announcement would line up perfectly with June’s Google I/O developer conference.

The rumored Google tablet has generated a lot of conflicting reports, but it is believed at least one version of the device will feature NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 platform. A desired retail price of $199 may have driven the two companies towards a dual-core CPU instead, but news that NVIDIA has developed a system architecture designed to provide Tegra 3 power at low cost could further confirm initial reports.

We’ve heard that Google may want to brand the tablet under the media store it has direct access too, much like Amazon’s Kindle Fire. I’ll throw this out there (and know it’s based on nothing but my own imagination), but it wouldn’t surprise me if the tablet launched as the Nexus Play to tie it closer to the rebranded Google Play Store.

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