The rumoured Nexus tablet could launch as early as May

Last week we posted that Google had selected ASUS to manufacture a brand new cost-efficient Android tablet, and now Digitimes has reported the same thing but with the additional information that the device could be released in May.

We previously learnt that if the rumour turns out to be true that the device would feature a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and ship with a stock version of Android 4.x (Ice-cream Sandwich). The device is predicted to cost $199.

Sources say that Google had approached Acer and HTC before deciding on ASUS but Acer “did not have in-house research and development capability”, and HTC was “unwilling to develop a low-price model to impair its brand image.”

Earlier rumors suggested this device might not launch until June, so it’s interesting to see that the timeline might have been moved up. Google is normally known for delaying their flagship Android products, so this would be a first if they shipped one early.

A May launch date would make sense because new devices are usully be shown at the CTIA Wireless convention in New Orleans - this year’s conference is on May 8-10.

The Nexus tablet was originally rumoured to be called the Google Play, but it turned out that was just the name for Google’s new and improved Android Market. However, the device could always be called the Nexus Play - it seems to have a great ring to it, right?

If the rumour is true (and it is looking very likely), then this tablet would sell like hot cakes. All these rumours are making the Neowin team pretty excited but how do you feel about the potential Nexus tablet release in May? 

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too little too late. against the flood of win8 devices this is just going to get lost in the noise. and can't even run desktop apps.

neonspark said,
too little too late. against the flood of win8 devices this is just going to get lost in the noise. and can't even run desktop apps.

Not quite, Android 5.0 is rumoured to allow dual-booting with a rumoured ARM version of Windows 8.

On a 7" tablet, if you think your eyes are good enough to actually detect better than 1280x800 resolution, I have some lovely Monster Cables to sell you.

These are great specs for a 7" tab. With a Tegra3, at that resolution, the interface should fly - the graphics overhead will be trivial for the processor. If they optimize it right, it should also have something that has yet to be included in any Apple smartphone or tablet - a battery with a decent life. And given that Asus is making it, you know they will get this part right. The three top performers for battery life are usually Sony (yah, I know, Sony is awful but they are really good at making devices that sip power), Samsung (when they want to), and Asus.

this.. And I find it so funny to hear people say how they are able to spot the pixels on a normal res 10" screen.. Probably the same people who say they can hear the difference between an original CD track and a 160kpbs MP3 copy.

paulheu said,
this.. And I find it so funny to hear people say how they are able to spot the pixels on a normal res 10" screen.. Probably the same people who say they can hear the difference between an original CD track and a 160kpbs MP3 copy.

It's subjective. I'm happy with most of the newer screens out there, but you need to judge 10" tabs for yourself. Funny you mention 160k MP3 vs CD, on a crappy system there is no difference, on a high end audio system it's absolutely noticeable to me, just hope I don't obsess on whatever screen I end up with the same way.

Melfster said,
Why is the resolution so low. Please redo the tablet with a retina display.

Low resolution? It's still above HD. For $199 there's not much room for complaints - it's easily worth that with the current specs, in my opinion.

Zeikku said,

Low resolution? It's still above HD. For $199 there's not much room for complaints - it's easily worth that with the current specs, in my opinion.


People complain about the iPad being too expensive and then complain about whatever cheaper tablet they can find for not having a Retina display. Funny how these things work huh?

Melfster said,
Why is the resolution so low. Please redo the tablet with a retina display.
Learned a new word recently ey..

The Tablet now using a retina display need a lot of horsepower to bearly be able to handle the resolution. First hands on reports of the new iPad are clear in mentioning there is not noticable improvements in performance, in fact the tablet feel a bit slugish and jerky.

I think running windows on a tablet is like putting a skirt on a bull -- pointless. That's just my opinion. Android tablets are surprisingly good and do just about everything you could need a tablet to do.

sweatshopking said,
i'll wait for windows 8 x86 tablets.

I'm with you on this one. Why pay for a cut rate mobile OS when you can have the real thing.

sweatshopking said,
i'll wait for windows 8 x86 tablets.

With a 3 hour battery life and $1k price tag? You're better off with the ARM version if you want metro.