Google Tablet On Track for Late Summer Release

Apr 09, 2012

A co-branded Android tablet PC from Google and Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. is expected to become available in late July or August. Google originally planned to launch the tablet next month but decided to push it back because the device was becoming too expensive, reported eWEEK, from Ziff Davis Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

According to eWEEK, Google's product team is reportedly in the midst of making design changes in an effort to drop the tablet's price tag $50 below the original retail mark-up of $249. The Google Wi-Fi-only tablet will reportedly feature a 7-inch screen and an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It will be powered Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Google launched its first Android consumer device, the Nexus One, with HTC back in January 2010, in its first attempt to compete with the Apple iPhone. The smartphone flopped, but subsequent models (Nexus S and S2, Nexus Galaxy) have been much more successful.