For sometime we have been hearing that Google plans to unveil a sub-$200 tablet. Now Digitimes is reporting Google and Asus have co-developed a 7-inch tablet which will start shipping in June and will hit the market by July. Also Read - Asus ZenBook 13 OLED UM325U review: Premium design, snappy performance
The report cities supply chain sources and states that both companies plan to ship around 600,000 of these devices. Furthermore, the report says that the 7-inch tablet has been under development, but it got delayed as price points could not be reached hence some minor tweaks were made to the device. Also Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
While, it is a well know fact that Google plans to have a Nexus program for multiple OEMs, which will reportedly also include tablets, one cannot ignore the hit or miss record of the Digitimes. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android users
Regardless, we do believe that there is a device in the works considering Asus showcased a $249 7-inch tablet at CES which was powered by the Tegra 3, so there is no denying that a high end product at a sub-$200 price is possible.
Giving more fuel to this report is Nvidia’s Kai platform, which is targeting at bringing the Tegra 3 SoC to sub $200 Android tablets and Windows RT tablets.
One thing is for sure, we will see a tablet marketed by Google in the near future, which will perhaps not take on the iPad, but might train its corsairs for the Kindle Fire. Don’t forget, Google I/O is also scheduled for next month, where we might see this tablet.