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Rumor: Google to Launch 7-inch $199 Android Tablet to Compete with the Kindle Fire

After Eric Schmidt was quoted in December as saying that Google would release a tablet within the next 6 months, the tech world has been digging deep with their sources to try and come up with any extra details. Famed rumor-starting extraordinaire DigiTimes has come forward with what they believe to be some of those additional specifics. How does another $199 Android-powered slab sound? According to their sources, that’s exactly what Google plans to release in the 7″ variety. A time frame for release could be between March and April with the Kindle Fire being their direct competition rather than the iPad.

Well, I guess I would be down with another $199 tablet. The more budget-friendly products we see from companies like Google and Amazon, the better chances we have at seeing the end of the $599 on-contract tablet. I’m still wondering if Motorola has sold 3 or 4 total XYBOARDs since release? Anyone taking the under on that?

Via:  DigiTimes

  • I hope this is true,and If they leave the tabs as pure as the Nexus phones. It would be a great step forward for Android.

  • Anonymous

    the xyboard isn’t selling very well. my mother was suckered into buying a xyboard when she went in for an ipad. the verizon salesman was so slimy….im pretty sure he got a bonus for selling such a pos to my mother. i told her to take it back and get what she wanted. they say anything to get people to buy horrible products

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty much the only logical business decision Google can arrive at.  Well-made, expensive Android tablets didn’t sell.  Crappy, cheap Android tablets didn’t sell.  The only success story, so far, is the Fire, a loss-leader with access to a pretty good ecosystem (albeit with mediocre hardware.)  Now that Amazon has done all the work, it wouldn’t make sense for Google to try to reinvent the wheel, so I suspect whatever tablet they come up with will follow the precedent Bezos et al. has set.

  • Anonymous

    I really love my Fire…but I would definitely get rid of it if Google came out with a tablet. The Fire is great, but not having access to the Android Market, no GPS, no camera, no sdcard slot…all things that kill this thing for me. The Amazon App Store is pretty much useless, 99% of the apps I use are only available in the Market. Also, no GPS means no maps, no Foursquare, etc. I feel like eventually I am just going to have to go ahead and root and rom this thing to be able to do what I want. Right now though I refuse to do it because its so unstable.

  • Specz16

    I doubt verizon has sold any 4g LTE models. the contracts are horriable. im just waiting for the wifi models.

  • geno villafano

    Yay. This leaves room for a hardware-heavy 10″(ish) tablet!

  • Xyboard User

    I was wondering where the Xyboard love was at, and it sure isn’t in here. I got my 10.1″ just before Christmas, and I really like it. Although I didn’t have to pay out of pocket (got it thru work), I use it every day for work and personal. I just wish that there was more apps developed for the tablets.

  • Morpheus282

    I know of at least one they sold – mine.  I sold my iPad the day the XyBoard came out and got the 8.2.  I got the iPad as a gift and the sale price covered the purchase price of the XyBoard, so it’s a good deal for me.  I really like the tablet, but if I’d had to buy it out of pocket it would still be in the store.

  • if google can make a 10 inch at 299 and has all the latest greatest specs thwy will win tablet market share and aold directly from them

  • I hope that isn’t the only tablet they’re planning on releasing. If it’s a Nexus tablet, great, but I want the Nexus tablet to be at least 10 inches. They say it will be “of the highest quality” and I think at least a 10″ screen qualifies. Who knows, maybe they’ll release several Nexus tablets at different price points…would be awesome. Ahhh, Android…the possibilities…

  • Anonymous

    If it runs on Droid 4.0 then I will consider getting one.

  • Bionic

    Hopefully it would be dual core and have ICS?  

  • Bionic

    I would jump on this big time.  Chrome based web browser would be my guess, that would kill the fire’s browser.  Yep, id be all over this tablet.  

  • Jamdev12

    Price is great but there is a bigger issue that Google needs to address and that is content. Without an easy way for users to get at content it is going to be difficult for Google to sell a tablet just on price alone. Most of us here in this Blog are tech savvy, but how about Mom and Pop who are in their sixties and can fiddle around with the complexities? I have a friend who hates Apple products (as so do I), but made a couple of purchases that made me crinch and ask why. He bought a MacBook Pro and bought an iPad2 for his Mom. When I asked him why he said that his Mom had no need for complexity in life and an iPad was better than the plethora of Android tablets. So why the MacBook. Because finding a cheaper solution from other vendors was not there. The MacBook was cheaper than competing solutions from other PC vendors and it had better battery life. As much as I hate Apple and their products I can’t argue with the fact that their strategy of building content and having products build around them is working better than the other way around. More to the point that there are certain companies like PBS who I love because I have children is that their content can only be access through iProducts. Yes I have this access on PC, but I want to be able to buy W Android based tablets and have my daughters use that. Guess what no such luck. Xfiniti, forget about it.

    So Google can come out with a cheap tablet, but without the ease of use and content availability the product will be dead before it even gets of the ground. Ask yourself what has made the Kindle Fire successful. Answer? Content. Period.

    • i think its more price point…..if google sells a 10 inch tablet for 299 and specd out it willcdo really well…the reason the fire sells is because 200 dollars is cheap and the tablet itself has good specs…google has content and now its time to lower the prices….people cant justify spending 500 plus on a peice of tech but 200 to 300 dollars people will biy it just because its cheap i know i would and i already have a tablet

  • Anonymous

    I would love one of these. would make a great remote at that size and maybe even portable. i got a nook color for my brothers niece and a kindle fire for my mom so i like the size for that use. im comfortable paying 500 for a premium tablet with 32gb of space.

  • wtfwhatsthebfd

    Seems to me the majority of people here are fairly well uneducated in terms of not only technological advances made in under a year in regards to tablets and smartphones alike… Have they “sold more than 3 or 4“? Hahahaha…. Of course they have! The xyboards blow I pads out of the water! Without even getting into specs, lets just mention one number and one letter… 4G! As for Google supposedly putting out a “32GB, 1.2GhZ processor with the full capability of all other android phones/tablets out currently” hahahaha… keep dreaming. We are talking about about the same company charging $299.99 for the Nexus and it is at best, the second or third best device out right now for handsets, and it is faaaaar behind the HTC Rezound in terms of overall capability.

    • your crazy xzyboard sucks, and the nexus price is 550 if google would sellvit directly. the 299 is verizons price not googles Just like the fire google could sell this tablet cheap and lose money but make up for it by selling content like amazon does. 

  • I will buy this

  • KevinC

    what is with you people on here today? settle down, it’s just the internet.

  • I hope it has more than 8GB of storage onboard, or a micro SD card.

  • Bobbeh


    I’m still wondering if Motorola has sold 3 or 4 total XYBOARDs since release? Anyone taking the under on that?” 

    Smack talking, Kellex?

  • Awesome..good thing I waited. I was planning on getting the nook tablet instead of the kindle fire. After seeing this, now I’m stoked. Let’s see if this has an micro sd slot. I hope it comes with the sticky sugary jelly bean everybody keeps talking about

  • Mr Manville

    Anyone else wondering why a tablet can sell for $200 but a phone with similiar specs is $600?
    Is it because we ‘need’ a phone so they can charge more? Im going to start using skype or googlevoice on a tablet and just paying $50 for 3g and voice.
    That should save me $100-$50 =$50 per month,
    times 12 months = $600 per year,
    plus $400 on hardware cost = $1000 per year.

    • Well, you don’t just pay for hardware (which, by the way, is more expensive for a phone because elements have to be smaller). You also pay for R&D, which tends to be more expensive for phones, marketing, which exists for phones but is barely ever done for tablets, support, both pre-release development and post-release support, which is also much more prevalent on phones, and so on. Also, due to the much quicker turn-around time for phones, a lot more labor hours are needed in comparison to tablets.

      Always remember, as a consumer, you don’t just pay for hardware, but all of the expenses a company has (whether you think those expenses are fair or not).

  • Anonymous

    I was getting ready to buy my first tab here real soon.  I am going to have to wait and see the full specs on this first.  Hope its a little bigger than the rumor.  

  • thefullritz

    I will wait for this.  Got my wife a Nook tablet for xmas (only because I bought her a nook 3 years ago).  A 7″ google tablet will be for me.

  • I played with a few 7-inch tablets recently and they just didn’t fit the bill. They remind me of giant phones. I like the 8.9 inch Galaxy Tab, it has a good balance between portability and screen size. If Asus or Motorola releases a good, pure ICS tablet in the 8 inch range I will be all over it.

  • Anonymous

    I would buy a $200 7 incher if it’s marketed as a Nexus like tablet and has access to Android market place. I can already smell Apple’s feeble attempt to sue.

  • Stating El Obvious

    Another failed Android tablet to add to the mix.  The sheep will be excited when they learned it sold 100,000 over 4 years though.

    • Sp4rxx

      um … how do you know?  it hasn’t been released yet …. how do you judge something in the future?

      …must be an i-(stab myself in the head)Fan

      • Stating El Obvious

        Uh…history?  Android tablets have all failed.  You’re telling me that this is the one that will break through?  Must be nice in Sheepland.

        • Rich

          Your an idiot man, Like the one guy said, it hasn’t been released yet, so you can’t compare it to nothing…

          Also, This would be branded by Google, so um yeah it will do well, as all devices from Google have…  It wouldn’t have a crappy skin on it either (I Hope)

          And to add to what you said, “follow history”, well you can’t follow history because there is none with the android tablets… All the other tablets are manufatured by some other bogus place whom gives nothing in the regard to you being a customer (HTC, MoTo, So on-So on) Also, they are all rated to be around $500 or more, um yeah that’s more than a smartphone and the smartphone does more for you…

          • Stating El Obvious

            LOL, all devices from Google have done well?  Now I know you’re a sheep.  The Nexus devices have historically done poorly, not well.  Of course to the sheep here selling 600,000 units in 3 weeks is a success… 😐

          • Anonymous

            waaaaaah

          • Stating El Obvious

            The truth does make people cry, I know.

          • Anonymous

            Not to agree with the comment above, but I think you need to check your facts.  Google branded devices have sold….zero….0.  Seeing as there is not one device on the market that was manufactured by Google.  Now if you are talking Google co-designed devices, then….um….they haven’t sold well either but better then none.  The nexus 1 didn’t sell well, neither did the nexus s, the xoom, and the gnex isn’t going to be surpassing the Galaxy S II or Razr sales anytime soon due to the fact that there is no marketing for these devices like the Droid and Galaxy devices.

            The Fire is about the only “tablet” that has been selling well in the android world and that is because of price point.  As for the comment about bogus manufacturers, um….who do you think is going to build your precious??

          • Anonymous

            I have to point out that all Google Nexus phones but the GNex have suffered from poor marketting and carrier choices. Not everyone has T-Mobile. The Galaxy Nexus on the other hand at least is planned for all major carriers in the states, so I would definitely expect it to sell a lot more than previous Nexuses.

    • RW-1

      Actually you can’t say that, as the Kindle seems to have been a success. Couple that with the fact that this would not BE competing with anything other than the FIRE, and …

      so the question: would you buy a kindle fire, ot this? (No other choices)

      • Stating El Obvious

        Ok yes, the Kindle Fire has sold a ton, but a Kindle fire is not an “android” tablet in the sense of every other android tablet (I know the sheep here will feign ignorance like they don’t know what I’m talking about), but it’s not a traditional Android tablet.  I’m talking about tablets like the XOOM, Xyboard, G-Tab, etc.  They’ve gotten mediocre sales and an extraordinary amount of hype and mouth breathing from the sheep.

        • EC8CH

          ok… so: 

          “it’s sold a ton” but “it’s not popular”

          I’m gonna feign ignorance and act like you didn’t just prove you’re arguments are full of it.

          • Stating El Obvious

            You do that, denial is the best way to stay out of losing arguments.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t see why you’re afraid of innovation/competition or more products on the market. in the end the winner is always the consumer. 

          • EC8CH

            he fears anything that isn’t locked into i*unes

          • Stating El Obvious

            It has to do with the fact that you Nexus fanboys talk about Apple fanboys when you do worse then them.  Both groups are sheepy idiots, you guys are just in denial.

        • Nick Gatto

          Last time i checked sales figures aren’t the only way to measure success. Success is entirely subjective to the individual. Sure, having strong sales is necessary to maintain a product line, but from an end users standpoint isn’t a device a success if it does what you need/want it to do?

          • Anonymous

            The only way to measure success is whether or not the product contains an Apple logo :s

  • lmrojas

    DL is dele

  • I have an Acer Iconia, and it’s great. Honestly I don’t know why it doesn’t get more love. But I would love to have a 7″ tablet…I had a Nook Color and sold it tobuy the Iconia, and I miss how convenient the size was. I’d happily have both.

    • Raven

      I picked up the smaller 7″ Acer Iconia A100 for $190 on Black Friday and I really like it, not as much as my ASUS Transformer, but it is way better than spending $199 on a crippled Kindle Fire.  A full Tegra 2 device that can still fit in my coat pocket has been handy.  The only downside is about half the battery life of my Transformer.

  • Sk102704

    I have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 but if Google came out with a sweet 7″ tablet for $199 I’d still get one!  Be more portable than the 10″

  • Philip Van Luke

    If this is going to happen they need to announce it BEFORE the iPad 3 goes on sale. I want a tablet really bad,  my wife got me an iPad 2 for christmas (IMO the tablet specific app market is FARRRRR more mature for ipad even though i prefer an android phone) but i returned it to buy an iPad 3 at launch rather than pay full $500 for a 9 month old product thats probably EOL already. if a $199 google experience tab is shown before iPad 3 launches, id probably wait. but if i hear nothing ill be in line for my iPad 3

  • mikeym0p

    I’m hoping it’s a Tegra 3, I would prefer a 10 inch screen though. But an AOSP tablet would be nice coupled with my Nexus

  • Anonymous

    Two words:
    Bring it!

  • Give me a “big 10 inch” with decent specs for <$350 by April and I will cancel my TP order.

  • Do alot of people really think 7″ is to small? I have a galaxy tab and a xoom. Of course I take my Xoom everywhere but what was nice about the 7″ was how it fits into my police cargo pockets. There is no way your going to be able to pocket the xoom but for entertainment its a huge difference. I would get another 7″ hands down, it just has to be pure android, no skins and lease about of bloat if none at all. 

  • Anonymous

    Is it just me or did they remove all the lame comments?

    • EC8CH

      Nope… I still see a few from Mctypething

      • Mctypething

        funny how my post calling you a sheep is racking up the likes.

        • EC8CH

          That’s an interesting way of confirming your own self importance.

          You may want to look into that with a therapist.

  • EC8CH

    In all honesty Google should be a little concerned at the popularity of the Fire.  With so many people buying content and getting locked into the Amazon Android market it takes some of the power behind android out of Google’s hands.

    • Mctypething

      I think Google has their business covered, just a hunch.

    • Stating El Obvious

      The “popularity” of the fire?  Not quite…

      • EC8CH

        OK, hypothetical… Jeff Bezos offers you 1 cent for every Fire sold if you admit it’s “popular”… do you take it?

        • Stating El Obvious

          Of course…free money.  That doesn’t mean it’s popular.  Hypothetical:  You give me one cent for every Fire that didn’t sell do you take it?

          • EC8CH

            I don’t blame you for selling out on your principals. 1 cent for every Fire sold is a lot of money.

          • Stating El Obvious

            First, an engineer who can’t spell principles?  That’s nice.  Second, what principles?  Did I state that I would accept no money from a moron who offered it?  

            You might need to go back to your principal and have him help you with your debating skills.

          • EC8CH

            Engineers aren’t know for our spelling…

            but we can multiple 0.01 by very big numbers.

            Here’s a tip on debating…. it’s best to stay on topic, otherwise if you get off on something trivial like correcting someone’s spelling it makes your argument look weak.

          • Stating El Obvious

            LOL.  Nice job of focusing on the correction of your spelling rather then what the rest of my post said.  

            You’re right engineers aren’t known for their spelling, but you would assume they could spell basic words like ‘principles’ right?  

          • EC8CH

            “you would assume they could spell basic words like ‘principles’ right?”

            you obviously haven’t met our controls designer.

            Principles: lying about your opinion for money.

          • Stating El Obvious

            LOL, does your controls designer know you’re making fake panorama pictures on MSPaint?  What an easy engineering job you have:  Sit on your fat ass posting on Droid-Life all day convincing people you’re an engineer…Lucky you.

          • EC8CH

            “fake panorama pictures on MSPaint”

            You’ve obviously never been to Faro in January.  I believe I capture the region’s true beauty with those shots.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Boooo….seriously android sheep are the lamest people on the planet.  They have to lie about their jobs to seem more important, they crack corny jokes like yourself and they have no idea that they’re far greater sheep then any iPhone user has ever been.

          • EC8CH

            I defer to your greater experience, I don’t troll i*hone sites so obviously have more experience in pointing out sheepishness.  Hell, you could probably get a job as a shepherd! 

          • Stating El Obvious

            I’m glad you see it my way.  That was easy.

          • Anonymous

            troll

          • Stating El Obvious

            sheep

          • Anonymous

            It’s never a debate, it’s just troll-fest with these guys.  That’s why they focus on baiting you into defending your intelligence instead of defending, or even strengthening, their position.  And when you point out that fact, the response almost always centers around further avoidance and deflection.  It’s the way of the troll.

          • Actually, he spelled “principals” spot on, but he did use the wrong homonym.

          • Guest

            He was talking about principles not high school principals, so no he did not spell it “spot on”. 

          • It doesn’t matter what he meant, my point is he spelled “principals” correctly.

          • Stating El Obvious

            This can’t be this difficult for you.  If he was talking about “principles” and he spelled it “principals” he spelled it wrong.  I didn’t say he spelled “principals” wrong, I said he spelled “principles” wrong.  Are you really this confused?

  • $199 for a basic pure android tablet? say what? Where can I sign up? But honestly Im still in love with my Xoom. I got it on Black Friday for $199 and I couldn’t have been happier with it. 

    • Chasm31

      After putting ice on my Xoom I fell in love with it all over. Still wouldn’t mind another pure google device.

  • Edwin M

    Holy Roller-blading Christ, I knew I didn’t get a Kindle fire for a reason. 

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you think it is funny how Honeycomb(Google’s first tablet OS) was for 10 in tablets and then ADDED 7″ support later. Now their FIRST tablet is a 7 incher? Something the developed for LATER? Hmmmm

    • Anonymous

      they’re only building a 7 inch tablet to compete on price. nothing more.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take a 12″ “retina” super amoled plus, 2.0 dual core exynos, 2gb RAM, 128gb, ac wireless, tablet plztks

  • Kris Brandt

    If they do have one, that’d be nice.  Since I’m stuck with my OGD for the year, I wouldn’t mind having a tablet to root, overclock, and flash ICS roms with.

  • Anonymous

    Well you seem to know i was talking to you..

  • Anonymous

    And if DL told you to be a troll you would. troll

    • Anonymous

      u too stupid to know how to reply bro?

  • Anonymous

    Will it have at least 16GB of storage and/or an expansion slot? 
    At least a dual-core 1Ghz CPU?
    Charge over standard microUSB ?
    Decent screen at least 1024×600? (1280×800 on 7″ would be PHENOMENAL for that price!)

    Full market access, full GAPPS, and timely updates straight from Google without any B.S. slowdown by manufacturer skins or carrier certifications?  SIGN ME UP!!  If it’s a success, then bring on a $300 10.1″ model

    Someone at Google should be flogged for pushing Chomebooks in 2011 and  not getting a device like this out in late 2011 as the debut “Experience” device for ICS.  IMHO, a new OS like ICS should ALWAYS launch on a wi-fi “universal” device not affiliated to any particular carrier in order to get the most traction and potential sales.  Back in 2009 when everyone was so pumped over WebOS, I kept saying that Palm needed a “Pre Touch” wi-fi device to get the customers that weren’t willling to switch to Sprint.  There’s a reason Apple offers both WWAN and wi-fi versions of its devices…

    Had this thing hit even few weeks before Christmas, it  would have CLOBBERED Amazon, B&N and Apple’s holiday sales!  I’d probably buy one of these for myself, one for the wife and another for the parents!

    • I am assuming that the answer to most of those is yes. We can clearly assume that Google will try to do as well or better than the Nexus, so I would say definitely to 16GB, probably even 32GB (internal memory is actually not expensive, so it makes no sense to have less — however, it is something that people are willing to pay for), we can assume 1.2Ghz dual-core processor or better, and an HD screen (720 at least). Why would you release a new flagship product 5 to 6 months after the previous one that has lesser specs?

      However, on the charging over USB, I would say no. It’s a little slow for large batteries. Although, think about it this way: if Google releases a tablet with a 30-ish pin connector (like Samsung or Asus has), it is likely that they will try to make this connector a standard, and possibly even require it from other manufacturers. Not to compare it to Apple products too much, but something like this would mean a standard Android dock connector, which will finally allow for standard Android accessories (regardless of manufacturer).

      • How about just a connector that can charge, run LTE streaming, bluetooth and navigation at once without draining the battery faster than charging, while in the car….

  • Anonymous

    I would consider a tablet from google, especially for that price..

  • QtDL

    Price point is right, now make it 10 inches and it would be perfect. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    7″ is just too small. IMO 8.9″ is right on the mark.

  • Anonymous

    I r disappoint.

  • EC8CH

    “I’m still wondering if Motorola has sold 3 or 4 total XYBOARDs since release?”

    They have at least sold one….

    One word… AnGeLfACe

    • Anonymous

      If DL had told you to buy one you would have. sheep

      • EC8CH

        Droid-Life likes white G-Nex…. EC8CH does not

        Droid-Life likes cheap 7″ Nexus Tab…. EC8CH does not

        Mctypething is pathetic and mad….  EC8CH is not

        • Excuse me….Kellex likes white G-Nex. Me not so much 😛

          • Lies!

          • Hah! The white would take away from the beautiful display. ‘Nuff said 😛

          • Mctypething

            Did you try to ban me? If so, just tell me you don’t want me to comment anymore and I won’t.

    • AnGeLfACe

      woild that tabley havr Motorola build quality or 4glte i think not.

      • Anonymous

        No one will ever know because no one buys Motorola tablets. 

      • wait so someone did actually buy one of those crap tablets?….. i think not

    • RW-1

      AnGeLfACe … Naaah, because it can’t make a phone call like his Razr …

  • Anonymous

    I’d be down for a $200 full-featured Honeycomb tablet. Heck, I’d take it even if it’s only feature was having Honeycomb.

    • I’d guess it would have ICS.

      • Anonymous

        Oops, yeah I meant ICS. Basically a tablet OS.

  • Anonymous

    The Kindle Fire is real nice, got my Mother one for Christmas and she’s in love.  It’s a little heavy, but definitely the right size for reading/mail+FB unless you’re wanting something like the Ipad, which as you pointed out is ridiculously expensive.  The Xyboard is lolworthy, not sure why Moto’s having such a hard time with tablets, but they can’t seem to get one right.

    • Anonymous

      u laughing bro?

    • Anonymous

      Whats lolworthy about it? The only wrong with it from what I can discern is that they scrapped the SD card memory(wtf?!) and they brought it out this close to the transformer prime. Sometimes you gotta settle for second, but that doesn’t make it “lolworthy”
      It’s also way too expensive…but so is the Galaxy Tab when it’s on contract from big red.

      The original  Xoom wasn’t a bad tablet either, poopey display but it wasn’t crippled by iffy customizations like the Iconia, it felt like someone spent more than 45 seconds putting it together unlike the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and wasn’t crippled useability wise by a retarded 30 pin proprietary connector, and that sub par display panel at least didn’t FLEX WHEN YOU TOUCHED IT, like the Transformer. Again maybe a little too expensive but other than that I dont think it had an excessive number of faults when compared to every other 1st generation android tab.

    • Stating El Obvious

      Is the iPad ridiculously expensive, or can you just not afford it?

      • Anonymous

        You got me, I can’t afford an Ipad.  I purchased the Nexus full retail because I like to cause myself financial pain.

        I gave my son the original Ipad and my wife the Ipad 2, it’s not the price that concerns me, it’s how other products like the Fire can be just as effective at what they’re essentially used for.  

        • Stating El Obvious

          Oh I thought it was the price that concerned you when you said it’s “ridiculously overpriced”.  Do you often just say things?

          • Anonymous

            Apparently not as often as you El Obvious. Troll on.

          • Stating El Obvious

            So in closing, it’s not actually ridiculously overpriced, right?  You’re just an android sheep who regurgitates all the same crap that every other fandroid does?  Gotcha.

          • Anonymous

            Since you’re incapable of understanding anything I’ll spell it out for you.  

            The Ipad is a fine device, but it’s overpriced for what it does.  This doesn’t mean I refused to buy it for my wife when she asked me for one, she mostly wanted it because her friends had it, sound familiar to normal Apple users?

            Since my mother isn’t concerned with being hip like my wife is, I bought her the Kindle Fire, which does everything my wife’s Ipad can do at a third of the price.    

            Got it now genius boy?

          • Stating El Obvious

            So the Galaxy Nexus that you bought at full retail wasn’t ridiculously overpriced when you could have gotten any other android phone at a third of the price?  

            Sounds like some cognitive android sheep dissonance there.

          • Anonymous

            Sadly you’re so blind you fail to see that no other phone can do what the Nexus can.  No other phone will have the dev support that the Nexus will for the next year.

            All new 4g phones are the same retail price, this alone proves that you’re a complete idiot.

            The Nexus is worth the cost, hence the reason I bought it.

            I won’t be responding to trolls anymore, nice job making me waste 5 minutes of my day attempting to explain something to a two year old.

          • Stating El Obvious

            Ah I get it.  So when you want something, it’s ok to spend $800 on a phone, it’s not overpriced.  But if an Apple user wants an iPad, it’s overpriced?  You’re truly an utter and unimaginable moron.

          • Anonymous

            troll

          • Stating El Obvious

            sheep

          • Anonymous

            WHERE?!?!

  • Anonymous

    You think Google will let me trade-in my Cr-48 for one of these? :p

  • Anonymous

    I might be in the minority but im hoping for a 11-12″ high end tablet. 16:9 10″ is kinda small for my taste.

    I wouldnt really consider a 7″ with my galaxy nexus.

    • Kenton

      Yeah, I’m really looking for a tablet that would have a screen that is close to 8.5×11 (or 8×10).  Since that is a standard paper size, it seems like it would be a viable alternative for a tables

  • I would love to buy a 7 or 8 inch tablet, but I want a screen that’s a little easier on the eyes for extended web browsing and ereading.  I would love a tablet with the mirasol display if they can get the refresh rate to be a little better.

  • Anonymous

    Color me speechless. I honestly didn’t think they cared about tablets. I be wrong.

    And for $200 oh that feels soooo right!
    ___________________

    Google I/O 2012 giveaway for sure.

    • Anonymous

      like I said, you being wrong is usually a safe bet

    • Stating El Obvious

      It’s a market that Apple has had success in.  You really think everyone and their mother wouldn’t try to copy apple?

      • Anonymous

        troll

        • Stating El Obvious

          sheep

  • The good thing is that it’s going to mean better roms for the Fire 🙂

  • EC8CH

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Release a high end 10 inch Nexus Tablet!

    • Anonymous

      u disappointed bro?

  • Anonymous

    Under

  • Anonymous

    Won’t be long till XYFAIL is $299 on a slickdeal.

  • Bro Is Mad

    I’m not trying to divert the attention off of this particular post, but would someone please post me a link showing step-by-step on how to root my GNex on a Mac. I’ve looked all over the internet for hours. Tried different stuff. Tried the ‘easy’ one that was posted on here yesterday on my PC, and then on my friends PC, and nothing will work. I just need something that is actually step by step. NOTHING that I’ve found yet is actually step-by-step. Please help. Thanks!

  • I think I’d probably buy it automatically. I’ve been thinking about getting a tablet, and if this one is true, it fits all of my requirements.

    • You mean it fits all THREE of your requirements?

      • Pretty much. How many requirements are there really?

        I like 7″ tablets because I would actually like to take it places (which today narrows me down to pretty much 2). If Google is targeting the Kindle, I am sure they will have it in a Wifi only version. $200 is a price where I probably wouldn’t think about it too much. Since it’s from Google, it is safe to assume it is developer friendly, comes with stock Android, and gets updates from Google. And I am sure that the specs will be pretty good.

        I don’t play games, so I don’t need THE BEST processor, cameras are not too important to me, and I don’t care about an SD card. So yeah, the unknowns right now don’t really affect my decision that much.

        • Athensjohn

          yep, you and I fit the same demographic.  I have a rooted nook color, but I would get this to replace it.  If this is true, I’d buy it quickly.  I prefer the 7″ form factor to 10″ as it is more portable and I can even fit it in my pocket.

          I don’t need the latest greatest processor and I want pure android (or something close) rather than a Amazon or BN’s version of android.

  • If I didn’t already have an Acer Iconia and a CR48 as daily drivers for casual internet use I would be all over this.

    • Take this rumor with a HUGE grain of salt. It was DigiTimes who started this one, and their track record isn’t exactly stellar.