Asus-Google's 7-inch tablet debuts in May?

News Natasha Garyali 23:38, 9 Mar 2012

Priced between Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,500, the Google-Asus partnered tablet is expected to arrive as early as May

The Google-branded Asus Android tablet may arrive as early as May.

According to rumors, Google under its Nexus program has roped in Asus to design its first Android-powered tablet. In the past Google has struck similar partnership with other manufacturers to release Nexus One, Nexus S, and the more recent Galaxy Nexus.

According to Digitimes sources, 'Google sought Taiwan-based co-brand partners at the end of 2011. Among potential partners, HTC had strong design capability but insisted on directing development of the co-brand model and was unwilling to develop a low-price model to impair its brand image, while Acer did not have in-house R&D capability'.

The sources further added: 'Google finally selected Asustek because of its ODM capability and good product quality, the sources claimed.'

Last week Benson Lin, Corporate Vice President at ASUS had indicated that 'ASUS is very close to Google' and that the company will be the first to release the Jelly Bean update. While Asus is not really known for its authority in the tablet market it is known for its prowess in creating good quality cheap hardware.

So what do we know about the tablet on the spec front?

Priced between $199-249 (Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,500) ,the device will sport a 7-inch screen with 1280x800 pixel resolution. It will be powered by Android 4.0 OS and Tegra 3 processor, and will be the first tablet to come with the rebranded Google Play Store.

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