Earlier this week, we heard that Google had roped-in Asus to build its long-rumoured Nexus tablet. Digitimes is now reporting that the slate could hit shelves as early as May, sporting a US$199-249 price-tag.
If legit, this means the tablet – if released in the UK – will be released for around £199, £200 cheaper that Apple‘s most affordable iPad 3 model. If its mooted specs are to be believed, the yet-unnamed Google Nexus tablet could be the first true competitor to the Apple iPad, which currently owns around 70 percent of the tablet market.
The mooted specs include a 7-inch AMOLED 600 x 1024 resolution screen, which could manage to woo customers not-so-keen on the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. There’s also talk that the device will pack Nvidia’s 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, alongside Google’s newly outed Google Play service. Further specs are to be confirmed, but we’re assuming we’ll be seeing Android Ice Cream Sandwich onboard, alongside dual cameras, fast internet connectivity, 32GB storage and integrated NFC tech.
The Digitimes report also sheds some light as to why Google have chosen Asus to build the tablet, saying: “Google finally selected Asustek because of its ODM capability and good product quality”.
We’ll bring you more details as soon as we get them.