Google plans low-price tablet computer

Mar 30, 2012
A customer tries a new iPad at Apple's flagship store on Fifth Avenue, in New York, on March 16. Google is teaming with Asia-based hardware makers on a low-priced, 7-inch tablet computer to challenge offerings by Amazon.com and Apple, reports said.

Google is teaming with Asia-based hardware makers on a low-priced, 7-inch tablet computer to challenge offerings by Amazon.com and Apple, reports said.

Android software backed by the California will power hardware built by partners including Samsung and Asustek to compete with iPad and Kindle devices, according to Digitimes and the .

An Asustek tablet could be released as early as May with a price of $199 to make it an option for shoppers considering the Kindle Fire made by Amazon.com, said Digitimes.

Google putting its weight behind an economical tablet would likely put pressure on other to lower prices. Google did not respond immediately to an AFP request for comment.

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patnclaire
4 / 5 (1) Mar 30, 2012
If I were Google or anyone else, I might be wary of this physorg.com report
http://www.physor...ory.html
This is definitely the wave of the future.
Sean_W
1 / 5 (1) Mar 30, 2012
So the "One Laptop Per Child" program will soon be "One Tablet Per Child"?
alfie_null
not rated yet Mar 31, 2012
Some specs would be nice. Resolution? Battery life? Memory? Ports? Speed?

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