The tablet landscape is all set for a dramatic change with several high profile tablet launches scheduled to happen during the end of this year or early next. That the manufacturers are keen to cash in on the holiday season is another reason they have planned for a year end launch.
And the one tablet that has raked up considerable interest among consumers as well as competitors is the Google’s Chrome powered tablet device that, if rumors are to be believed, will get to see the light of day on the 26th of November. The rumors also point out the tablet will be built by HTC with Verizon being the official partner. Verizon is the largest wireless service provider in the United States and it plans to subsidize the new tablet to ensure it gets to have a significant price advantage against the iPad. Of course this would entail being tied to a Verizon data plan for the wireless service.
Also, if the rumors surrounding the tablet turns out to be true, we might have a tablet that with a NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor at its core coupled to a 2Gb RAM. On board storage should be around 32GB SSD though the tablet is likely to have provision to expand that even further. A 1280 x 720 pixel multi-touch display will be making up the front of the tablet that is touted to have features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a built in 3G modem, GPS and an integrated Webcam. Of course the final product will have a lot more, though these should act as the initial pointer.
Google has a long standing relationship with HTC with the latter being the maker of several of the most advanced Android smartphones. These two in turn are closely tied to Verizon and it just makes sense for the three to team up for the first Chrome OS tablet.
Continuing with the last aspect, the upcoming tablet with the Chrome as the OS will be a nice break from the surge of Android powered tablets. And if you are not sure what the two operating systems from Google stand for, here it is from the Official Google Blog: “Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems.” The Chrome OS is further described as: “While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.”
And lastly, the timing of the tablet to be introduced on Black Friday does make sense as thereafter, it is the new smaller iPad that might cast a magical spell on the tech world with other tablets having a tough time to convince the consumers. To get on to the scene before the competitors isn’t a bad idea after all. This is also the time when the iPad may be meeting its first serious competition after having an almost free run for so many months.