According to DigiTimes, the fruit of the collaboration between Google and Asus – the first Google branded Android Tablet will launch next week.
Due to be unveiled at Google I/O, the developer event from June 27-29 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the Nexus7 will be a Google branded tablet likely to have a 7″ screen and be “competitively priced” in the Kindle Fire price range of $200.
The 7-inch Nexus tablet PC already started shipping in June and is estimated to be available in the retail channel in July with the device’s total shipments expected to reach at least three million units in the second half of the year.
Due to its low price, the 7-inch Nexus tablet PC only supports a Wi-Fi connection and does not feature a back-side webcam, but will equip with a front-side webcam for video conference.
It remains to be seen what hardware sacrifices will be made to meet this low price entry point. Certainly most people can make do without a rear facing camera on a tablet, how much serious photo-capture goes on with the 5Mp shooter on the new iPad has yet to be verified, but will the lack of 3G and the likely limited on board storage and mediocre processor be a barrier for many? If it hits a price as low as $200 though, as long as it can play HD video ok, browse the web on the preloaded Google Chrome browser and manage games from the Google Play store it will doubtless be fine for the majority.
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