Google has been rumored to be readying a Nexus tablet for a few years now, ever since the Apple iPad was released and attained some measure of success in 2010 really. However nothing official has ever been announced about a Google branded Nexus tablet.
Past rumors of an impending Google Nexus tablet have been swept under the rug, but new rumors are just to believable to ignore. Currently the rumor mill claims that Google will be working with Asus to launch a $249 Nexus tablet by the end of this month.
It’s believed that Google could have launched a Nexus tablet the day they had Android 3.0 ready, but the company wanted to wait and see how other Android makers did with their initial tablet releases first. After seeing most fail with the high-end and high-priced Android tablets Google waited until they could offer something cheaper than $500 to the consumer market, and in 2012 that price is very much attainable for Google and any OEM they choose.
Also with the success of the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire and other low-cost tablets that run Google’s open-source Android operating system It’s really hard for Google to hold-off launching an official Nexus tablet any longer.
That late June 2012 release mentioned briefly in a paragraph above comes right out of Asus via an anonymous source. The source claims that Google and ASUS will be launching a 7-inch this month named Nexus 7 tablet. With a late June release this tablet is expected to launch at Google’s June 27-29 I/O 2012 conference in San Francisco, California.
Only recently we saw the Nexus 7 product name pop-up in the blogosphere when a new product webpage was spotted on an electronics website. The product page indicated that the Nexus 7 tablet would be powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processing chip, which is good new for any performance nuts that were afraid an affordable Google Nexus tablet would be a poor performer. Other features listed on that product page include a 1280×768 resolution touch display and Android OS which many presume will be the unreleased Android 5.0 Jelly Bean OS.
Real-life photos of the Nexus 7 tablet haven’t been leaked yet, but many rumors have said that the ASUS Eee Pad Memo 370T design would be launched as the Nexus 7 tablet. The ASUS Eee Pad Memo 370T is a 7-inch tablet that was announced earlier in the year at CES 2012 by Asus At this time the 7-inch Memo 370T hasn’t been made available for purchase in any market, which leads me and many other to believe that Asus is holding off to launch the tablet as the Nexus 7 tablet.