Google may have chosen ASUS to build its rumored “Google tablet” according to recent leaks, and we may have already seen the device on display.
First of all, this is a rumor regarding a rumor. Outside of a statement purportedly made by Google CEO Eric Schmidt to an Italian news outlet, Google has never officially claimed it is building a Google reference tablet or tablet device similar to its Nexus line of smartphones. That said, Google Android head Andy Rubin recently stated that Google is going to “double down” on tablets, and make a dent in the space.
The ASUS report comes from Android and Me, and is based on conversations with “industry sources” at Mobile World Congress. The “Google tablet” will be a 7-inch pure-Google device (no custom skin or other UI tweaks) with a 1280 x 800 resolution, Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Google hopes to bring it to market for $199.99.
Based on that description, the Google tablet sounds an awful lot like the $250 ASUS MeMO unveiled at CES 2012. In fact, the Android and Me report claims that Google was so impressed with the device, it is working with ASUS to cut the price down to $200, perhaps by reducing the amount of on-board capacity in favor of Google Drive cloud storage. In addition, a $299 10-inch ASUS Google tablet may also be in the works.
The tablet may make an appearance at the Google IO developer conference slated for June 27, and as evident by a number of domain buys made my MarkMonitor, which routinely purchases URLs at Google’s behest, the tablet could be called the “Google Play.”
Source: Android and Me