The ASUS and Google tablet is the worst kept secret in tech. We know the two companies are working together along with NVIDIA to release a 7-inch Tegra 3 quad-core Android tablet priced somewhere around the $200 pricepoint. In fact, we may have already seen it at CES 2012 ASUS showed off the latest iteration of the ASUS MeMO Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with an MSRP of $250.
Now, an anonymous ASUS rep reportedly told Android Authority that the so-called Google Nexus tablet, the tablet that is intended to serve as the model for future Android tablet devices, will debut this month. While TabletPCReview originally thought we might see the Google Nexus tablet at Computex, which just wrapped up in Taipei, the smart money is now on a Google I/O reveal at the end of the month. The conference runs June 27 to June 29.
Google I/O is Google’s developer conference, and Google typically gives out reference devices to attendees. Last year, it was the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This year it will likely be the ASUS Google Nexus tablet.
Other news around the edges of the announcement also suggests the tablet is on its way. NVIDIA recently revealed its Kai platform, which is NVIDIA’s own reference design for low-cost Tegra 3 Android tablets. In addition, Acer showed off the quad-core Iconia Tab 110 at Computex, which is expected to launch for $200, proving that a brand name and low-cost quad-core tablet is possible.
Google is also expected to unveil the latest version of its Android operating system at Google I/O. The general consensus is that it will be codenamed “Jelly Bean”, given Google’s proclivity for codenaming Android versions after deserts and in alphabetical order (cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ice cream sandwich), and be a relatively minor update from version 4.0 to 4.1, and not 5.0. If so, expect Jellybean to debut on the Google Nexus tablet.
Source: Android Authority