Google and Asus rumored to reveal $199 Nexus tablet

This week's reveal of the upcoming Surface tablet from Microsoft may not be the only such announcement from a major Internet company this month. Today, Digitimes reports via unnamed sources claims that Google is all set to reveal its own Nexus branded tablet device at next week's Google I/O developer conference next week in San Francisco.

The story says that the tablet will be a joint venture between Google and Asus, which has been rumored in the past. It also claims that the price of the seven inch tablet will be $199 and will go on sale in July. Digitimes adds that Google's Chrome web browser will be pre-loaded on this new Nexus tablet and it will be WiFi only but it will have a front facing camera. The story claims that Google will ship three million units of this tablet by the end of 2012.

Asus has already confirmed its plans to make Windows 8-based desktops, tablets and notebooks. That includes an Windows RT-based tablet that will also support a detachable keyboard. Digitimes' story today claims that Asus will also launch another tablet PC on its own in August that will have a seven inch screen and be priced between $159 and $179. No other details were revealed.

Source: Digitimes

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I have no idea how many times I have heard of this rumor, but nothing seems to be happening.

In any case, I seriously doubt that this tablet can take on the Microsoft Surface.

I'm interested in just DECENT 10" for under $250. Surf, play HD video, Tango and Hangout, stupid games and Kindle. That's all I need, no 3G, rear camera, keyboards or retina whatever, just GOOD build quality and specs. Is that still asking to much for the price? Hope Google gets it right.

dead on arrival. yet another POS cheap android tablet. why does google think people will buy it when they haven't bought similarly cheap android tablets. the reason is simple: ipad.

why get such a thing when you can just get an ipad. with windows 8 at least you get office and a desktop. with android you just get...well problems and pain.

the kindle fire is by far more appealing because at least it has the backing of a company that cares about the product....yet seeing how amazon doesn't update it, I suppose buying an android tablet from anybody is like buying a shoe from a carpenter...you're just asking for problems.

neonspark said,
dead on arrival. yet another POS cheap android tablet. why does google think people will buy it when they haven't bought similarly cheap android tablets. the reason is simple: ipad.

why get such a thing when you can just get an ipad. with windows 8 at least you get office and a desktop. with android you just get...well problems and pain.

the kindle fire is by far more appealing because at least it has the backing of a company that cares about the product....yet seeing how amazon doesn't update it, I suppose buying an android tablet from anybody is like buying a shoe from a carpenter...you're just asking for problems.

This tablet is rumored to be the Asus Memo 370T, which was a tablet that many media outlets had Asus releasing themselves last year at around $200-$250. There are some hands-on reviews from back then (I believe during last years E3), and IIRC I saw it written more than once that this was going to be the Kindle Fire killer.

Another rumor I've seen in a few places is that Google is after Amazon and their Kindle because Amazon's app store is cutting into Google's cut of the Android app store. If that is the case, then I would assume that Google will be behind this product 100%.

Thirdly, I've used and use low-end tablets. Tablets for most people are for a few things; web-surfing, e-mailing, twitter/facebook, Angry Birds, etc, etc... Low end tablets do those tasks reasonably well to perfectly fine. There is absolutely no reason to pay $500 for an iPad to do those same things as long as you can wait ~2 seconds longer for the applications to start up.

Daniel_Pooh said,
Too bad Asus is making it they are a very low quality company from china.

Asus is from Taiwan and is generally considered to make quality products. In fact Pegatron, the company rumored to be making the Surface tablets for MS was spun off of Asus in 2010. I think you'll find most electronics are from China today, we don't make much of anything in America anymore.

Nexus tablet for $200? Hell yeah!

I don't see how MS is supposed to compete in mobile, Android kills them on price and Apple kills them with a die hard loyal fan base

Sonne said,
Nexus tablet for $200? Hell yeah!

I don't see how MS is supposed to compete in mobile, Android kills them on price and Apple kills them with a die hard loyal fan base

Same here. Though I will love to know what happens in 6 to 8 months.

MorganX said,
If Win RT tabs can get to $350 or less, forget about it.

$350 is probably the bottom rung for non-MS tablets, as MS is rumored to be charging $85 for the Win8 OEM license.

I wonder if MS plans on taking a loss on the Surface tablets, since they are putting their own name on the tablets and then plan to make up the difference from the app store. Unless I am mistaken Barnes and Nobles and Amazon both take a loss on each Nook/Kindle they sell.

Condere said,

$350 is probably the bottom rung for non-MS tablets, as MS is rumored to be charging $85 for the Win8 OEM license.

I wonder if MS plans on taking a loss on the Surface tablets, since they are putting their own name on the tablets and then plan to make up the difference from the app store. Unless I am mistaken Barnes and Nobles and Amazon both take a loss on each Nook/Kindle they sell.

Really the $85 is negligible when you consider RT comes with full MS Office. Might be one of the cheapest ways to get Office.

MorganX said,

Really the $85 is negligible when you consider RT comes with full MS Office. Might be one of the cheapest ways to get Office.

Yet it is still a tablet. A lot of people could care less about having the full Microsoft Office suite on tablet.

With the built-in keyboard cover, this is somewhere between a tablet and an ultrabook. No way the Pro is under 600 with a Core i5. If it gets below 500 somehow, look out.

The fact that Win 8/RT tablets will run Office and Win 8 Tablets can run the traditional desktop and apps is what is so special here. This takes tablets to a whole other level. Being in the tablet form factor is awesome. I hate laptops. This, this is a game changer.

At the moment the tablet space belongs completely to Apple. They have 70% of the sales and 90% of the profits. It's up to Microsoft/Google/Asus to challenge that hegemony.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Android is a lost cause on a tablet. This is Microsoft's and Apple's game now.

Sounds like fan boys right before Windows Phone launched. How'd that work out? Oh wait, it's going to be Windows Phone 8 now, I forgot. Oh yeah and 2012 is the year of the Linux Desktop too. Android has > 50% of the phone market, Apple has > 90% of the Tablet Market, and Microsoft has > 90% of the Desktop/Laptop market. While the Desktop/Laptop market is mature (declining?) the Phone and Tablet markets are still experiencing rapid growth so it's way too early to say any of these three are out.

neo158 said,

I think it is.... at the moment.

@Asmodai, even Android fan sites are saying the same thing http://www.androidpolice.com/2...ng-out-of-time-to-fix-them/


Did you seriously just point to an editorial as evidence of something? Sorry but I don't think one person's OPINION is any more valid that my own. I take into account the facts and form my own opinions thank you, even when they aren't the consensus of the mob.
I'm not saying MS won't do well, depending on price and the competition I may very well get an RT tablet myself. I'm not saying "Android is going to rule!" or "Microsoft is going to FAIL!" those are absurd statements and that's exactly my point. Counting out anyone at this point is VERY premature. If you are going to do it though at least you could try to make a reasonable argument as to why you believe that is the case (as that editorial did) instead of just making some off hand and completely unsupported statement as the first poster did.

Melfster said,

The Desktop Market is not declining it is just growing at slower rate because it so saturated. I think its safe to say that most people who have tablet also have a desktop computer. But the reverse is not true.


I don't know if it's declining or not, that's why I put it in parens with a question mark. I know from my own experience I know several families that have a family PC and then each member has a personal smart phone where in the past as a kid I had my own PC at their age. So it seems that while they certainly aren't going away there are less PC's per person then there used to be while smart phones and tablets are increasing. My experience could be unusual though but that really wasn't my main point.

Anthonyd said,
Says the guy replying to every single post who criticize Android.

I haven't replied to EVERY post :-) I'm not a fan boy of anything. You won't catch me posting "Android is going to dominate", "Microsoft sucks.", or anything similar to that. If I post something for or against a product or company I try to make some attempt at backing up my claims. I enjoy when someone disagrees and actually attempts to back up their opinion. Sometimes I even learn new things that cause me to revise my own. That's the beauty of having a discussion. I happen to have defended Android in this comment section because the article is about Android and there were there unsupported "fan boy" attacks (and it's a slow day at work, rofl). I happen to think the Pro version of Surface is going to do great if priced appropriately. I'm very happy with Windows 7 on my Desktop and Laptop. I do have an Android phone but was going to seriously consider upgrading to a Windows Phone 8 device until Verizon announced that I have to renew my contract by the 28th to keep my unlimited data. So I don't think I irrationally support Android as a "fan boy" would but if you still consider me one then you are certainly entitled to your opinion.

Everyone seems to think the Windows RT tablet is going to be around $500. If that's the case then I don't see how it is going to compete with this. I can't imagine this will have a lower resolution than the rumored RT. It's likely a Tegra 3 as well. The RT will likely be a bit better but enough to justify and extra $300? Heck you could buy two of these and have $100 to spare for what everyone thinks the RT tablet is going to cost. If it does indeed launch in July it going to beat the RT out by months as well (rumored launch is Oct.)

Asmodai said,
Everyone seems to think the Windows RT tablet is going to be around $500. If that's the case then I don't see how it is going to compete with this. I can't imagine this will have a lower resolution than the rumored RT. It's likely a Tegra 3 as well. The RT will likely be a bit better but enough to justify and extra $300? Heck you could buy two of these and have $100 to spare for what everyone thinks the RT tablet is going to cost. If it does indeed launch in July it going to beat the RT out by months as well (rumored launch is Oct.)
Why would you buy a Ferrari when you can buy 10 lada instead ?

Anthonyd said,
Why would you buy a Ferrari when you can buy 10 lada instead ?

Cuase i will still save 90% of the price to pay for the ferrari if i buy those 10 lada and those 10 lada will last longer than the ferrari

Anthonyd said,
Why would you buy a Ferrari when you can buy 10 lada instead ?

I seriously doubt the difference is going to be so distinct. My guess is the Nexus Tablet will have 1280x800 resolution compared to the rumored 1366x768 on the Surface RT. They'll both likely have Tegra 3 based CPU/GPUs. I expect the build quality to be better on the RT but they will likely be very similar on the spec sheet. The Pro version will be like your Ferrari and will be worth several times the cost of the Nexus Tablet due to is MUCH better specs and it's ability to run existing desktop software but these things are not true for the RT.

BajiRav said,
Because Android sucks for a tablet OS...yes that's including ICS.

Thank you for your well reasoned discussion.

Now many will compare them with the Windows 8 Surface. Hope the build quality is good. Gotta say $200 is an appealing price tag.

Meh... If life with Android and iOS has taught me anything its that I still need a laptop to do any serious work. I like my Kindle Fire and my iPad for entertainment, but they're not much good beyond that. I think my next purchase will be an Asus Transformer Book 14" to replace all of my mobile tablet and laptop needs and do some proper Steam gaming as well since it has a Core i7 CPU and discrete graphics (Hopefully NVidia m630 or m640). I know It will cost 5-8 times of this, but I really need just 1 solution to take with me.

Drewidian said,
Meh... If life with Android and iOS has taught me anything its that I still need a laptop to do any serious work.

Anyone who ever honestly thought otherwise was either delusional or simply ignorant. Smartphones and tablets (and netbooks for that matter) were never marketed as a replacement for a full spec computer, yet people around here love to bash them because they aren't. Makes no sense to me at all. Sort of like bashing compact cars because they aren't well suited to taking the family on a cross-country vacation, or hauling a boat or trailer.