After months of speculation and delay, Google is all set to launch its first ever Google branded Nexus tablet at the Google I/O conference in June. This has been a long time coming and seeing the rapid adoption of Android tablets, Google wants to be part of the party just like they do with their Nexus branded phones. However, rather than just dishing out another high-end and high priced tablet, Google plans on setting on setting a new benchmark to what a mainstream tablet should be. The iPad is already in a league of its own when you look at the amount of units sold so going after that market is really a moot point since we’ve seen company’s try that a countless times already and fail, miserably. With the Nexus tablet, Google is going after the mainstream crowd, particularly the sub-$200 price bracket. Currently, we have the Amazon Kindle Fire that’s wildly popular in this segment and Google plans to capture this market. So here’s what we know so far about the Google Nexus Tablet. Built by Asus One would typically expect Samsung or even Motorola to be the hardware partner for Google’s official tablet but as it turns out, Asus will be the one manufacturing the Nexus tablet. Google also plans to sell the tablets themselves directly to the end user through an online store. Now, there aren’t any leaked pictures of the tablet yet but we don’t have to wait for that since we have a sneaking suspicion that it will be based on the Asus Eee Pad MeMO ME370T. Asus announced this tablet at CES along with a whole bunch of other tablets as well but what makes this stand out is that it’s a 7-inch tablet priced under $300. Now this was back in January and enough time has passed since then for Google and Asus to figure out a way to reduce costs so while the tablet may not actually launch at a sub-$200 price at first, it’s said to be around $250 (approx. Rs.14,000), which is still very good.
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