Google and Asus to Release Co-branded Nexus Tablet in June: Report

By Johnny Wills | May 24, 2012 12:10 PM EDT

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Rumors about Google branded Nexus tablet are hitting blogosphere again. Earlier this month, reports surfaced online that Google is partnering with Samsung to manufacture the much-rumored Nexus tablet. However, Asus is getting back on the track in recent rumors.

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Citing sources within the upstream supply chain, rumor king Digitimes claimed on Thursday that Google's 7-inch tablet, manufactured by Asus, will go on sales in June. The initial volume of shipment is 600,000 units, while the tablet is expected to hit a total shipment of 2 to 2.5 million units by the end of 2012. Originally, the co-branded tablet was scheduled to release in May. But the design and costs did not match the expectations so the release date has been delayed to July for some minor adjustments, the report claims.

The specifications of the tablet are not known, but the speculations are there that the tablet will feature quad-core Tegra 3 processor. It is also expected to debut the next-generation Android OS 5.0 codenamed Jelly Bean in the market.

Earlier this year, in an interview with New York Times,, Nvidia boss indicated that the company is cutting prices of Tegra 3 processor chip. As a result, Tegra 3-powered Android tablet will cost as little as $199 in summer 2012.

The tablet is likely to be priced at $149-$199. Nexus tablet is targeted towards 7-inch tablet market which is currently ruled by Amazon's Kindle Fire. The co-branded Nexus tablet will turn out to be a business killer for not only Kindle Fire, but also for other 7-inch tablets like Blackberry Playbook and Barnes & Noble Nook tablet.

As usual, both Google and Asus are declining the reports. On the other hand, DigiTimes has a hit-or-miss record in the past. We recommend you to take this report with a pinch of salt.

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