The Google Nexus tablet could be on our doorstep. Reportedly built by Asus, the first “official” Google tablet may be shown off at the Google I/O developer conference, which beings on June 27.
What’s most striking about this latest Google Nexus tablet rumour is that the slab will reportedly go on sale for $200, and yet also features a high-powered quad-core Tegra 3 CPU. Current tabs running the chipset will set you back at least £500. It may sound unlikely, but the Tegra chipset-maker NVIDIA has spoken publically about its ambition to produce a powerful sub-$200 tablet.
As vice president Rob Csonger said, “Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we’ve developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost.”
Right here, right now, a quad-core Asus-made Android tablet selling for under $200 seems an unlikely prospect. What makes it a little more likely is that the Google Nexus tablet reportedly features a 7in display rather than a 10in model like the iPad.
It’s also likely that the Nexus tablet will run Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. Google Nexus phones have been used in the past to show off the latest shiny updates in the Google Android OS, and while Ice Cream Sandwich is still only available on a minority of devices, the first Google Nexus tablet will do all it can to make an impact.
Is a £180 quad-core tablet enough to tempt you?