The Google tablet has been in the news for quite a while now, by way of leaked images, spec leaks, and even leaks about the date of launch. Now, something more concrete has popped up. An anonymous ASUS representative confirmed to Android Authority that ASUS is indeed partnering with Google for this new tablet and it is going to arrive by end of June.
There have been reports as well that it will run Android Jelly Bean. Besides rumours surrounding the operating system it will run on, we reported earlier that the device name that has been revealed is the Google ASUS Nexus 7, with 7 standing for the 7-inch form factor it features. Other specifications that have been leaked show that the display features a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels, runs on an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex A9 processor and features a Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU.
This is what it could look like
Taking this particular source into account, chances are high that the Nexus tablet will be unveiled sometime during the three day conference and developers attending the conference will walk away with one. This is not confirmed either, and the talk that the Nexus tablet will come with Android 5.0 or Jelly Bean pre-loaded does make sense, since developers have had access to the Motorola XOOM, since a long time now and it was the first tablet to receive ICS update as well so handing out this new tablet with ICS doesn’t really serve any purpose. This also fits in with the rumour that Google would announce Jelly Bean sometime in June or July.
Looking back a bit, Nvidia recently talked about how “Project Kai” will change the way we think about cheap Android tablets. They talked about Kai being a platform, more than a piece of hardware and along with Tegra 3 and a mix of low-cost components; it’s very much possible to deliver a sub-$200 tablet, without having to compromise on performance. And what better way to launch this than with Google’s Nexus tablet. We also hope to hear about the next Nexus smartphone at Google I/O. This time around, Google will be going with multiple manufacturers for their reference phone and if rumours are to be believed, then we could see as many as five Nexus branded phones, possibly in different price segments when they launch in November. We can count Samsung and Motorola to be among the manufacturers, while the others are yet to be announced.