Report: Google-branded tablet coming in July

A Google-branded tablet will be released in July, according to a new report.

The tablet, which will feature a 7-inch screen, will begin shipments in June in preparation for its July release, according to a DigiTimes report. The company has ordered an initial volume of 600,000 tablets for shipment; by the end of the year, the company expects to ship a total of 2 to 2.5 million units of the tablet. DigiTimes states that Google had initially planned to release the tablet in May, but it ran into issues with the cost and design of the tablet; Asustek is said to be co-developing the device with Google.

Google's tablet will likely be part of the company's Nexus brand, which it uses when it partners with third parties to create Google-branded devices. The new tablet, said to be an entry-level device, will also likely take on Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, the most popular Android tablet. The Kindle Fire costs $199, but the device runs on a heavily skinned version of Android 2.3 and lacks many features of the Android experience, such as the Android store.

The news of a 7-inch Google tablet also comes on the heels of rumors of an iPad mini. According to those rumors, Apple will release an iPad with a 7-inch screen in October. The device is expected to cost somewhere between $200 and $250.

If we were to place a bet, Google I/O takes place in June, expect an announcement at this event.

Via: CNET News
Source: DigiTimes

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vcfan said,
what an embarrassment this will be when windows 8 is released.

Boy, I wonder if we will see any Win8 x86 tablet for $250....

The purchase of Motorola was more for their patents rather than their products. I've never owned a single Motorola product that lasted.

NeoSigma said,
The purchase of Motorola was more for their patents rather than their products. I've never owned a single Motorola product that lasted.

You never owned a razr? That thing was able to go through hell and back and lasted without charge for like two weeks. That was a phone you could rely on.

CrisCr0ss said,

You never owned a razr? That thing was able to go through hell and back and lasted without charge for like two weeks. That was a phone you could rely on.
really now? I remember the first razrs, you would lightly toss it on your bed and they would break, it wasn't until the 2nd gen of them were they good phones

Memnochxx said,
"Google's tablet will likely be part of the company's Nexus brand,"

Come on.

Says likely, not confirmed. It's a logical conclusion but for all you know, they may want a different brand for their tablets. One for phones, one for tablets. It's unlikely but I can think of a few examples in similar industries where this is the case.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Asustek? Why not Motorola?

With the Transformer line of tablets destroying the XOOM/Xyboard line why would they go with Motorola?

Asmodai said,

With the Transformer line of tablets destroying the XOOM/Xyboard line why would they go with Motorola?

Haha, I was thinking the same thing.
Asus is the best bet in terms of Android tablet manufacturer.

GS:mac

PsYcHoKiLLa said,

Erm..Because they've bought Motorola's mobile wing?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18164190


Except they bought Motorola Mobility for it's patent portfolio, not it's hardware. Even if they bought it for it's hardware they JUST completed the purchase so anything coming out anytime soon from Motorola will have been designed prior to Google having any significant input. Furthermore Google has gone out of their way to assure their hardware partners (Samsung, HTC, LG, etc.) that they will NOT give Motorola Mobility any sort of preferential treatment and it would have to compete on equal footing unlike Microsoft who has rigged the game against them and in favor of Nokia with Windows Phone. In fact I wouldn't be shocked to see Google spin off, sell, or even shut down the hardware aspect of Motorola Mobility now that they have the patent portfolio they were after.