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Anonymous Asus Rep Confirms Nexus 7 Tablet, Ready in Time for Google I/O

At this year’s Computex event, a representative of Asus confirmed the partnership with Google in creating a Nexus “7″ tablet that is to be ready for shipment by the end of this month. Further details such as Jelly Bean and the Tegra 3 were not confirmed, but with Google I/O taking place in the same time frame, it’s hard to see this as coincidence. This may not be official, but it is giving more cred to the previous rumors that mentioned the same thing.

Via: Android Authority

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  • Jackson

    The xoom as well is pure Android am I wrong?

  • Chris Smith

    I’ll be a buyer, and I’ll be ditchin’ the fire

  • noname

    will this be released in EUROPE at the same time or at a later date ? i would love to own one of these quad core 7 inch tablet. big fan of android. :)

    • HookedOnTabs

      I think they are after the K Fire, so guessing the first run, or most likely the first couple million will go to US. I am buying 25 for friends down under. They are not thinking they can buy on their own.

  • http://twitter.com/iron_wilhelm Mike Duren

    way to spoil apples party google lol. Seriously this is gonna be awesome for android users. Ive been wanting a tablet for a while now, but with Asus handling the manufacturing, and at this supposed price point, im sold.

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    Damn. I was really hoping for a better form factor. I hate 7” tablets.

    • HookedOnTabs

      There has to be at least 50 other choices???

  • Bionic

    fap fap fap fap fap fap

  • Bionic

    I hope that sales kick off the same day they announce it. I will order mine as soon as its in the play store

    • HookedOnTabs

      I ordered one two days ago, on pre-order.it

  • John Jenness

    I’m all over this…any rumored prices?

    • PC_Tool

      Last I heard was below $200 (Which likely means $199, of course).

  • Some Guy

    I hope there are enough developers to make this successful. The way to win the tablet race is to cater to the general public. I hope this doesn’t go the same route as the Nexus one, and be a good device, but sale terribly.

    • MKader17

      You were joking with your first statement right?

    • Bionic

      why wouldnt there be enough? Its gonna be a pure Android device, probably unlocked as well. Easy peezy for developing

  • Jorge Hurtado

    I’ve resisted purchasing a tablet until this very announcement. Gimme pure android goodness!

    • bakdroid

      The Xoom Wifi (US) is pure android. Just sayn…..

      • Bionic

        its also a lot more money and not quad core

      • http://www.facebook.com/KenPietro Ken Pietro

        Nexus and AOSP are two different things
        Updates still go through Motorola on the Xoom.

        • michael arazan

          I’ve been waiting for this affordable tablet to come out, and will be my first. Anyone know the rumored specs? Do you think it will have jellybean?>

    • Brent Stewart

      I love me my vanilla Android — on my PHONE, not a tablet. If this is just a vanilla Android device they’ve lost me. Vanilla Android is only popular with the gadget geeks like us. If Google even hopes to make a dent in the general consumer market that Apple and Amazon dominate with their tablets then they need to skin the hell out of it with a pure Google experience that focuses on simplicity and brings their ecosystem to the front and center. Anything else is gonna fail miserably like the plethora of most other Android tablets.

    • HookedOnTabs

      Asus Transformers have always be PURE compared to the average skinned brands

  • htowngtr

    I imagine pre-orders will be nuts. All sold through Google though, right? No 3rd party retailers?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      That is the suppose game plan. Pure Google.

    • r0lct

      If they don’t sell it in stores it’s going to be a big problem. There are plenty of people who use online services and smartphones but still won’t buy things online and/or won’t buy something without being able to play with it first. Since there are no Android stores they need it somewhere in addition to direct.

      • htowngtr

        I’m talking about pre-orders and initial batch. I assume later it will be purchased through other sources.

        • r0lct

          Gotcha, I would hope they’ll get them in stores before the holidays.

        • Bionic

          the initial production batch was 600,000. Thats plenty to go around

          • jurkey52

            ONLY 600,000? BEST BE QUICK ON THE DRAW THEN, I THINK THEY’LL GO QUICKER THAN SNOW FLAKES ON THE BAR-B-QUE.

      • Guest

        How many Kindle Fires did Amazon sell?

        • r0lct

          Really? How many people visit the Play Store for hardware today? How many visit Amazon’s? There’s your answer.

          Edit: Or ot put another way a product featured almost every day on the front page of Amazon is 1000000000x more valuable (roughly) than the front page of the Play Store.

          Edit2: Also there are box stores selling the Kindle.

        • Jake

          While I suspect that most Kindle Fires sales were online, they were also sold at lots of brick & mortar stores, like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and many other popular electronics retailers. Even if the KF were available exclusively through Amazon, you can’t compare Amazon and Google as far as online retail. Amazon is an established and largely trusted retailer. Most folks don’t think about going to Google to purchase anything. Google hopes to change that with the Play Store, but for now it’s still nowhere near Amazon or Apple/Itunes when it comes to the first places consumers think about going to buy electronics or digital media.

          • LionStone

            “Google hopes to change that with the Play Store”…

            They sure do, I’ve been seeing more commercials at the end say where to get it, “at the Play Store”.

          • HookedOnTabs

            Target just gave Amazon Fires the boot, they are putting in Apple stores in their big stores, as I read today.

      • Bionic

        they will sell it in stores, they are not stupid, but the FIRST place to get it will be the play store

    • Liquidretro

      I personally hope it’s sold on Amazon as well. Can’t beat that Prime shipping & upgrade to overnight delivery for $4.

      • r0lct

        ^^This

      • http://ian.cazabat.com IanCaz

        @Liquidretro:disqus – I don’t see amazon selling the first real android competitor to the fire on their site.

        • Liquidretro

          @comiskeybum:disqus @iancaz:disqus Oh I think you are right, but Amazon doesnt say no to too many things. They know they are still taking a cut of sales. Asus is a major seller of laptops and tablet on Amazon. I will probably order one from whoever I can so I can get one, hopefully before the 4th of July.

        • http://profiles.google.com/morganfboyle morgan boyle

          this will not end up on Amazon for a long time. trust me, this is a product developed to compete with amazon. they are also probably cutting it very tight on margin to hit that $199-249 price point. Google will not going to want to give up 5% to sell on another site. At least not until it has to.

      • Bionic

        Considering this is pure competition for the kinle fire, i dont see this tablet going live at amazon right away, maybe a week or so after the play store has it.

      • HookedOnTabs

        Amazon is scared to death of this thing, order on 9to5google.com or pre-order.it

    • Bionic

      im guessing that is correct. My guess is that it will go live in the “play store” as soon as its announced.

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        Im going to break my F5 during the I/O

        • Bionic

          my penis is gonna be raw as well

          • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

            Thanks for that great picture in my head! lol

    • LionStone

      I’d imagine Best Buy is gonna want in on some of this action. Which I like, it’s a good place to test drive.