Rating: Is it a Fire-killer or iPad killer?
There have been numerous reports that Google is plotting to launch its own tablet running the Android OS in the same way it released the Nexus smartphone. The expected tablet is widely assumed to have been manufactured for the search engine giant by Taiwan’s Asus and is therefore been codenamed the Asus Nexus 7. That’s largely because the device is supposedly going to feature a seven inch screen. Almost certainly, the tablet will be officially announced at some point during today’s Google I/O conference which is taking place in San Francisco today [June 27th 2012].The most interesting piece of information the mobile world is looking forward to is exactly how this tablet will be positioned.
Most observers don’t expect it to be aimed at taking on Apple iPad directly but more like stealing market share from Kindle’s Fire.
Another import detail which we are all expecting to be revealed is the version of the Android OS which this tablet will be using.
It is widely expected to be version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) but few sources seem to know what extra features this upgrade will feature.
If you’re keen to see what this new tablet might look like take a look at The Sun’s story here.
Interestingly, the British newspaper seem to have a good idea of how much this impending device will cost.
It says $250 for the 16GB model, and $199 for the 8GB device. The guess is that in the UK this will translate to around £130 and £150.
We’ll let you know when the tablet is officially announced.