Rumors are swirling that Google may be working with ASUS to release a 7-inch tablet as early as May.
Google is reportedly collaborating with ASUS to release this 7-inch tablet for a $199-$249 price tag that will also be the first tablet to run the Google Play store. Google apparently selected ASUS for its quality and its ODM capabilities, according to the DigiTimes, which broke the story.
ASUS has been working on a similar product, the MeMO ME370T. It was announced at CES 2012, and it will be a 7-inch tablet with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 resolution, and a $249 price tag. Previous reports out of Taiwan claimed the new Google Tablet and the MeMO are the same device.
Two other Taiwan-based manufacturers, HTC and Acer, were also considered for the Google Tablet, but HTC wanted to direct development and did not want to meet the low price point, and Acer lacked the R&D capabilities.
All of these reports have yet to be confirmed by official sources. Take the news with a grain of salt, it is the DigiTimes after all. We’ll make sure to keep you informed when the Google Tablet has become fact.