By Stephen Schenck | March 16, 2012 2:51 PM
Since late last year, we’ve been hearing that Google is interested in marketing an Android tablet to join the Nexus line of smartphones. Rumors about the projected have been picking up steam lately, and focus on ASUS manufacturing the model for a planned retail price in the $200-$250 range. Today, we look at some news claiming that all systems are a go for the tablet’s production, and that it could end up with a price tag even lower than imagined.
Sources supposedly involved with plans to manufacture the tablet claim that it’s a “done deal” at this point, and that we’ll definitely be seeing the arrival of a seven-inch tablet. That’s the only hardware spec directly confirmed by today’s news, but supposed a Tegra 3 processor, once rumored for the Nexus tablet, won’t be among its components.
As for the tablet’s cost, it could end up a good fifty dollars less than previous rumors indicated, now likely to fall somewhere in the $150-$200 range. Right now, Amazon’s got its Kindle Fire, another seven-incher, for about $200; while we think the tablet could do some good business head-to-head against the Fire, making it the cheaper alternative would give Google a big leg up over Amazon. With any luck, we’ll get some official word from Google in the next couple months.