Rumour: $199 "Nexus tablet" to be made by ASUS, includes quad-core Tegra 3

There is a rumour circulating around the Android community which suggests that Google will release a 7-inch “Nexus tablet” in the first half of 2012. However, like we’ve seen with the Nexus smartphones, Google will not be the company manufacturing the hardware of the device but will support it with AOSP builds of Android. The rumour states that the device could be manufactured by ASUS and is likely to include the Tegra 3 chipset. Several people have rightfully pointed out that Google traditionally partners with an OEM on these “Google Experience Devices”, just like they did with Motorola on the Xoom tablet.

The root of the rumour

This rumour comes from two different industry sources who AndroidAndMe talked to at Mobile World Congress. As they have provided reliable information in the past, AndroidAndMe believes the sources are trustworthy. However, the sources rightfully want to remain anonymous.

The logical take on the rumour

There have already been multiple reports that Google would release a $199 tablet that features a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution display which would ship around June.

Selling a full-featured Android tablet with all of Google’s mobile services and a quad-core Tegra 3 processor for only $199 would definitely bring some sales for Google and ASUS. It wouldn’t surprise us if there a 10 inch model was released and priced at $299 at the minimum.

If you look at the statistics for certain devices like the Kindle Fire, it is easy to understand Google and ASUS’s plan of action. It is no surprise that consumers want cheap tablets and the $199 Kindle Fire has proven this. Amazon shipped an estimated five million units in Q4 of last year and it quickly became the best-selling Android tablet of 2011. The problem with the Kindle Fire is that despite being a great product, it lacks all of Google’s mobile services including the Android Market. Amazon replaced Google’s ecosystem with its own, so Amazon earns all the long-tail profits from content and services, while Google gets nothing.

If ASUS is Google’s OEM of choice then the device is definitely in good hands. Take a look at the Transformer Prime; the Prime is an amazing tablet with a full Android experience and was the first tablet with the Tegra 3 chipset. If the device is priced as the sources state, then there really isn’t a reason why this tablet will not sell equal, if not more units than the Kindle Fire.

How does spending $199 on a 7-inch tablet with a pure and unrestricted Google experience sound to you readers? Let us know your thoughts.

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warwagon said,
I heard 7 inch is to small for web browsing.

Well loads of people manage to surf the web on their phones fine, so a screen twice the size as a phone screen it shouldn't be too bad

warwagon said,
I heard 7 inch is to small for web browsing.

I heard they have 7", 8", 9" and 10" working model tablets available for display at most electronic stores. Let your eyes do the talking not what you heard from brother's roommates friend's girlfriend's cousin sister in-law.

warwagon said,
I heard 7 inch is to small for web browsing.

For browsing, it's perfect. But 7in is too small for reading (books or magazines). I find that 10in is the best for reading without any eyes strain.

TruckWEB said,

For browsing, it's perfect. But 7in is too small for reading (books or magazines). I find that 10in is the best for reading without any eyes strain.

I disagree. I just sold my Motorola Xoom to buy a Nook Tablet. I can't read on the iPad 2 or the Xoom. The device is too big.

tuneslover said,
$199 Android tablet will be good but It would be better with Windows 8.

then it wouldnt be a android tablet.

tuneslover said,
$199 Android tablet will be good but It would be better with Windows 8.

Wouldn't the cost of Windows 8 bump up the price quite a bit? I don't just mean the license but ensuring it complies with the minimum standards set out by Microsoft, it wouldn't really be an inexpensive product anymore

thealexweb said,

Wouldn't the cost of Windows 8 bump up the price quite a bit? I don't just mean the license but ensuring it complies with the minimum standards set out by Microsoft, it wouldn't really be an inexpensive product anymore

I expect this tablet to only have 8GB of storage space, which is a no-go for Windows 8.

tuneslover said,
$199 Android tablet will be good but It would be better with Windows 8.

Unfortunately Windows 8 will be priced much much higher. IMO opinion, they will be market more a long the lines as a laptop. Which means more and more people will go to the competition.

One would figure that a 'basic' tablet will come out and let the consumer customize it to their standards. Memory etc.

Hopefully the tablet makers will 'walk' in that direction.

And Win 8 is geared toward the mobile market anyway.

WindSailor said,
And Win 8 is geared toward the mobile market anyway.

Unfortunately you are right about that. It is sad really.

Microsoft has always failed in making a quality operating system for tablets and netbooks. Let's face it, there is no denying that everything we have had so far is just horrible for the platforms I mentioned. They were clearely made for Desktops and Laptops.

Now all of the sudden, Microsoft is neglecting the PC OS and making something optimized for tablets. Yet they will slap that junk OS on a desktop and a laptop.

Just boggles the mind on how these people think.

Apple clearly gets it. They designed an OS specifically for laptops and desktops. Then they designed a separate OS for tablets. That is the way it should be.

UndergroundWire said,

Apple clearly gets it. They designed an OS specifically for laptops and desktops. Then they designed a separate OS for tablets. That is the way it should be.

True for now.

Win 8 makes me wonder about compatibility issues. Unless they have really rooted core instructions and then branched from there. Which I kind of thought they did try to make that type of attempt in this new OS.

What makes me think this is possible in the -near- future is that the local shop mentioned that one computer (forget the name of the configuration) actually boots from CMOS and runs a browser - all totally within CMOS-... all without an OS. Interesting.

WindSailor said,

True for now.

Win 8 makes me wonder about compatibility issues. Unless they have really rooted core instructions and then branched from there. Which I kind of thought they did try to make that type of attempt in this new OS.

What makes me think this is possible in the -near- future is that the local shop mentioned that one computer (forget the name of the configuration) actually boots from CMOS and runs a browser - all totally within CMOS-... all without an OS. Interesting.

You mean similar to what ASUS and HP have out now that gets you on the web in 5 seconds? That's been out for a while now. It runs Linux and has a few programs like Skype.

Sounds good to me... I'd pay a little more for at least a front facing camera to skype and what not... trying to find a reasonably easy, inexspensive, yet qualty device for the parents.

i'd sell my mum's kindle 3 and get her this if that is true. Could probably get £70 for it on ebay and pay £130 or so for this google tablet.

tsupersonic said,
If this were to be true, $199 is a great price for a 7" display at that resolution w/ Tegra 3.

Definitely. I believe the Transformer Prime 7 was $250 at launch so if you add six months on that and lower the retail price accordingly, it'd be around $199. The pricing seems logical to ASUS's standards.

it would be sad if all this adds up to nothing, just like the iphone 5 rumors.
it would be mind blowing if all this comes true.