Google Nexus tablet July launch tipped after price paring

Chris Davies - Apr 6, 2012, 3:31am CDT
Google Nexus tablet July launch tipped after price paring

The Google-branded “Nexus” tablet the search company is co-developing with ASUS has been pushed back to a July release at the earliest, it’s reported, with price trimming the reason for the launch change. Although currently ready for a May launch, sources “close to the project” tell The Verge, the Android 4.0 slate would supposedly demand a $249 price tag, something Google and ASUS have obviously decided is too rich for 7-inch tablet buyers to stomach. Instead, it will be redesigned to hit a lower price point.

Exactly what that target price point will be is unclear. Earlier reports, though, indicated Google was aiming for something in the region of $149 to $199 so as to be particularly competitive with not only Apple’s iPad line-up but budget Android alternatives such as the $199 NOOK Tablet.

Currently, the Nexus tablet’s specifications are believed to include a 7-inch display – potentially running at 1280 x 800 resolution, a jump from the more typical 1024 x 600 – along with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset and WiFi connectivity, though no cellular modem. OS is Ice Cream Sandwich, the first version of Android specifically designed to run on both phones and tablets.

Speculation that Google could be delaying the planned release so as to preload the next-gen version of Android, Jelly Bean, is unfounded the sources claim. Such a move would supposedly require some reworking of the current design, which would take Google and ASUS longer than the two month schedule change being talked about now.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard of potential spec changes so as to shave away at the market price. Last month, Google was tipped to be ditching Tegra 3 in favor of a cheaper chip – potentially the previous-gen Tegra 2 – with the design for the slate repurposing the Eee Pad MeMo 370T that ASUS showed us at CES 2012 in January.


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10 Responses to Google Nexus tablet July launch tipped after price paring

  1. There are pleanty of people wanting the 370t, but can’t get it. 250 for great specs and expandability make it a winner if it goes out tomorrow. Don’t makes us wait Google. Please!!!!!!

  2. I hope they have plans to compete with both Amazon and Apple.  It makes sense to compete with Amazon right now because they obviously want to expand their media sales business with Google Play…

    But “Nexus” has always suggested “High End” to me.  I would like to see them create a 10inch tablet to rival the iPad.  Beat it on specs and beat it on price…stick Jelly Bean on it…I’d buy that.

  3. I like the specs I’ve seen for the 370T and am willing to pay $250 for it.16GB and 32GB sd card, high res display etc.   I don’t like what I’ve heard about the Google Nexus with little on board storage and won’t buy it.  With wifi only you wouldn’t be able to get to your information . 

  4. I don’t think people really care if it is priced at $199. People would buy the nexus tablet at $249 with great specs that would allow them to gain profit and sell better than the kindle fire.Overall I think they should release this in may as they planned and not cut the price and the build quality.

  5. I don’t think people really care if it is priced at $199. People would buy the nexus tablet at $249 with great specs that would allow them to gain profit and sell better than the kindle fire.Overall I think they should release this in may as they planned and not cut the price and the build quality.

  6. I think Google is being blinded by the success of the Amazon Fire. People will pay the $250 to get something with better specs and versatility than the Amazon Fire. I held off from getting the Fire because of this rumor and the 370T because it was only $50 more.

  7. I was very interested in the 370t as it was, but if they are going to strip it down so that it is simply another tablet that has already been done by others and out on the market already just at a lower price tag, then I’m not interested. I was very willing to pay $250.00 for the 370t that was spec’d as is. But I won’t get this stripped down piece of junk just because it’s cheaper!

  8. I’ve been waiting months to pick up the 370T only to hear that Google is blocking it, cutting the balls off of it, and continually pushing back its release date…

  9. won’t buy it if it doesn’t have a front facing camera for conferencing/hang outs. didn’t by the fire for that reason and I’d facepalm if Google released a tablet that couldn’t fully use Google+…but then maybe they plan on trashing Google+… but I use hangouts a lot.

  10. Too many companies are settling in to the “good enough” spec for their tablets, particularly the 7 inchers. It’s stagnating the market and just setting themselves up to be blown away by an Apple offering. Nothing this year (so far) is demonstrably better than what HTC put out a year ago in the HTC Flyer (except maybe in size/weight).

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