Google expected to release a new tablet at Google I/O under its own name – Part 1

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 5:00:58 by

Google’s annual developers’ conference, Google I/O, is right around the corner and the rumour mill is in full swing to take the final hit at what’s coming and what’s not. There might be a good hint on the latest iteration of Android operating system but there is not than meets the eye, or a little under that expression…

There had been speculations that Google might launch a new tablet or their own. If someone thinks this has something to do with Microsoft’s latest endeavour in the tablet business, think again, because Eric Schmidt had hinted the new tablet more than six months back. The word had been lurking around in the streets even before that.

Although it still remains a rumour at best—until June 27, when it is officially launched—the reasons for thinking so are strong. The company has been working on OEM model for the new device for the last one year or so. The new product is allegedly linked to Taiwanese company AsusTEK, the makers of Transformer series of tablets.

Experts are of the opinion that Google’s new tablet might cannibalize Asus’ line of tablets. However, rumoured specifications, and a number of sources have pointed to this conclusion, are nothing like the Asus devices, except for the processor.

The new device, as hinted by Schmidt but not confirmed, is a 7-inch slate that will use top-end specs and a low price to cater to the whole market. Currently the tablet market is divided into two main segments, Kindle Fire-like devices and iPad-like machines.

The former is a casual-use device that is best at e-book reading, browsing the web and watching movies. The latter is a full-on slate that does its trick on top-end portable games, high-resolution screen for image-editing and other graphic-intensive work on the go. Video watching is a whole new experience on 9.6-inch or 10.1-inch tablet.

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