Where there’s smoker there must be fire, so they say and there’s a lot of smoke here. The Google Nexus tablet has been long rumored on the inter webs and more recently we’ve seen an alleged training document detailing both the looks and the specs of the upcoming pure-Android slate.
Now Bloomberg has it on good authority that Google will indeed announce its Nexus tablet at this year’s I/O, kicking off today. Furthermore, this time it’s not aiming at the Kindle Fire and Co. but “taking direct aim at Apple’s iPad, according to two people familiar with the matter”. The report mentions a $199 price-point for the tablet which will showcase the latest version of Android, dubbed Jelly Bean (or Jellybean).
The price above matches the one described in the earlier — training document — leak for the 8GB flavor (there will also reportedly be a 16GB variant too). The Nexus tablet is expected to pack a quad-core 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, 12-core GeForce GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB/16GB internal storage, WiFi b/g/n, NFC, seven-inch IPS display with 1280×800 resolution and a 1.2MP webcam.
Update: Reuters chimed in on the matter and is quoting an Asustek executive according to which the Google Nexus tablet will directly aim at and compete with the Kindle Fire. “It’s targeting Amazon. The Kindle is based on Google’s platform but with its own service, so Google has to launch its own service, too,” said the unnamed executive.