It is very well known that Google is in the process of developing a 7 inch tablet. Various rumors, as well as speculation from industry experts, predicted the tablet will be launched during the summer of 2012. We are arriving in that period and Digitimes is back with the latest developments.
The report states that Google is developing their new device in direct collaboration with Asus. It is expected that it will start shipping as early as June, with a market debut slated for July. Also, initial shipments will comprise of 600,000 units of the tablet, and the devices are expected to be priced at around $200 to $250. This obviously will give the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire a run for its money. Google is looking at a total shipment figure of around 2 – 2.5 million units of the Android 4.0 tablet during 2012. The tablet was initially planned for a launch in May, but was pushed back to the June-July period to make up for what Digitimes is claiming some minor design changes to suit the low cost.
It will be interesting to note that Asus has a tablet offering of its own in the 7 inch category. Named the Eee Pad Memo, the tablet (which includes a stylus) was first shown off at the CES event held in January. It was already released this this year in Taiwan for $585, but no word yet on international expansion.