PocketNow has posted a photo of what's purported to be the much-anticipated "Nexus Tablet", rumored for months and expected to come sometime this summer from manufacturer ASUS. The photo shows a generic Ice Cream Sandwich tablet from all angles except the back, with only official ICS anf Google apps displayed on the stock launcher. In addition to the standard buttons and an ASUS/Samsung-style tablet port, there's a MicroUSB port, standard USB port, SIM card slot and what looks like a full-sized SD card slot.
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Nexus Tablet rumor mill, but it looks like its just been restarted by one of the most respected financial reporting firms around. The Wall Street Journal says (in its familiar and maddeningly vague way) that Google will be selling a tablet of its own design and branding later in 2012. Of course the WSJ didn't reveal any of its sources, and they seem to know about as much as we do at this point - i.e., that there's nothing official on deck at all, and ASUS is thought to be the most likely candidate for the device's manufacturer.
Android and Me, who quotes a "supply chain source" reaffirming previous rumors that ASUS is the manufacturer of choice this time around. There's a twist in the story, though: the source claims that the much-anticipated ASUS MeMO 370T Tegra 3 7-inch tablet showed off at CES is no more, and has been scrapped in favor of the Nexus Tablet or whatever it's being called this week. The price target is reportedly $150-200, something that just about anybody (except maybe Apple) can get excited about.
DigiTimes corroborates the rest, and says that the Google-Asus tablet will go on sale in May for a price between $200 and $250 USD.
Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime and the new tablets from Mobile World Congress). That being the case, rumors out of AndroidandMe that Asus will build the Nexus tablet, AKA the "Google Play", are encouraging.
a tablet of the highest quality" to market sometime this year, the idea of a Nexus Tablet seems to orbit around Planet Android and come back every six weeks or so. This time it's from analyst Richard Shim predicts that Google will produce a first-party device running Ice Cream Sandwich in April. In this version of the tale, Google is going after the more successful low end of the Android tablet market with a 7-inch model priced at around $200, to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.
Google was preparing a tablet for the first half of 2012. His actual words were pretty vague; you could take the stance that he was foreshadowing a pure Google "Nexus" device, or that the "we" in question was just Google and a close hardware partner, as Motorola has been for the original DROID and the XOOM. Now DigiTimes reports that the device isn't a 10-inch iPad fighter as suspected, but a smaller, cheaper device meant to compete directly with popular models like the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire.
an Italian newspaper, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company is planning to release a tablet within the next six months to directly compete against the iPad.