Another confirmation that the Nexus Tablet is coming soon. An Asus representative at Computex told Android Authority that it will be releasing a tablet in collaboration with Google, which will debut “at the end of June,” likely during Google I/O.
The collaboration extends to Nvidia as well, which is expected to debut its Tegra 3-based Kai platform for low-cost Android tablets at the conference. We know that Kai is not a single device but an implementation of Tegra 3 at 1.3Ghz with low-cost DDR2 RAM and a number of other cost-cutting methods to help keep the price below $250. The Nexus Tablet is rumoured to debut at $199, but that remains to be seen.
The not-so-secret project will hopefully propel sales of Android tablets by bringing the price-to-performance ratio to a level that would be seen as competitive with Apple’s iPad. And while existing high-end Android tablets such as the Asus Transformer Prime are extremely powerful, it’s the lack of an app ecosystem that has hindered adoption levels.
With the Nexus Tablet and Android 4.1 Jellybean, Google will look to convince app developers that there is money to be made in the tablet space. The unnamed Asus rep also mentioned a North American debut for the 1080p TF700T tablet and the PadFone, which could come to AT&T.
We’ll be at Google I/O on June 27th and 28th to cover all the major announcements, so be sure to check back!
Source: Android Authority