Google Tablet Delays : not before July
Despite the fact that Google has yet to even confirm that they have a tablet in the works, the device’s release is being pushed off until July, at least. The reason for the delay is reported to be the fact that Google still has a bunch of factors to tie up if they want to keep the asking price low enough to be affordable. Where Google was initially going to introduce its tablet at half the price of the iPad at $249, rumor has it that they have since decided that the tablet should be offered for $199. In order to do this, certain factors have to come into play in order to make the tablet affordable, yet worth a profit to Google.
Working with Google to produce the tablet is Asus, a company known for producing low cost, yet high quality equipment. However, Google wants to go even further in an attempt to be a direct competitor with Amazon and Apple. To do this, it is reported that they are working with several manufacturers to create different versions of the tablet. Rumored manufacturers – other than Asus – are said to be Motorola and Samsung. However, with Asus set to release the first version of the tablet, it is very possible that it will be exclusive for a lengthy period of time.
While the tablet was set to have a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, to cut costs and match Amazon’s Kindle, they will likely instead go with a dual-core processor which would cost the company less. It would not, however, sacrifice the quality of the tablet since many tablets on the market currently run on dual-core processors with no problems. It’s a wait and see game these days, but if Google succeeds in creating a successful tablet that runs under $200, Apple will have to seriously consider their options and re-evaluate the competition.