Google Nexus tablet readied for June launch
29 May 2012
$200 tablet should be on the shelves in July
There was talk about an imminent launch, but now more fuel has been added to the fire about the official unveil of the Google Nexus tablet.
The tablet, said to be made by Asus, was rumoured to be launching in June. Now, the TechnoBuffalo site claims a 'trusted source' has pinpointed the Google I/O conference, which kicks off in San Francisco on 27 June, as the launch date.
The source has confirmed the launch of a seven-inch Google tablet, which will be offered to developers at the conference. Right now, it's not clear whether it will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich or the upcoming Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean). It all depends on the state of readiness of the new OS.
As for the tablet, that's said to be as expected, running with Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip and with a $200 price tag in the US. With no sign of an Amazon Kindle Fire launch in the UK, Google could dominate the budget tablet market over here if it brings a similar price to these shores. A separate report claims July is the shelf date, with 600,000 units ready for that date.
Google is also said to be announcing multiple manufacturing partners for the next Nexus smartphone at the event, with talk of five new Nexus smartphones on 5 November – the fifth anniversary of Android.