May 24, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
It’s no surprise that Google is rumored to launch an affordable 7 inch tablet to help push Android closer to the forefront of tablets. For quite some time, Google has been reportedly working with Asus to develop a low budget Nexus branded tablet that should launch worldwide in the late Spring / early Summer of 2012.
Today, a new DigiTimes report claims the Nexus Tablet will begin shipping in June and will reach consumers in various markets in July. Google and Asus expect to mass produce 600,000 tablets as part of the initial launch, according to the “upstream supply chain” source. In total, Asus realistically expects to ship 2-2.5 million Nexus tablets, which would be a solid achievement for the Nexus Tablet.
An earlier report claimed the 7 inch tablet would launch in early June, but due to necessary design and cost adjustments, it had been unofficially delayed until July. We’re hoping the Nexus Tablet, complete with Android 4.0, a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and a $199 price tag, can compete with the Kindle Fire and the iPad when it launches. More high quality tablets in the market gives the consumer more options and ultimately fuels innovation down the road.