Ok, right after the rumor last week that Google had chosen Asus to build the Nexus tablet, with which it plans to dominate the tablet market at least in terms of market share, here’s a new one: Google is aiming to launch the Nexus tablet for as low as $149.
Apparently, the Nexus tablet will be a lower spec’d version of the Asus MeMo 370T, the $249 quad core Android tablet which was unveiled at CES 2012 and had all of us drooling over the price/performance ratio.
However, instead of the quad core Tegra 3 processor, the Nexus tablet will be powered by a cheaper processor, to bring costs down.
The Nexus Tablet may be announced at the Google I/O 2012 event in June, or at the CTIA Wireless show in May. It’s likely to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but if the rumors stating that Google may launch Android 5.0 Jelly Bean at Google I/O 2012 are true, then it could very well come with Jelly Bean.
It may be no iPad killer, but the Nexus tablet may be just the device that Google is looking for to finally give it some control over the tablet space which is currently ruled by Apple. The Nexus tablet may come just in time before the launch of Windows 8, which will be Microsoft’s first serious attempt to enter the tablet space.