Analyst: Google's first own-brand tablet may enter production in April

by Doug Drinkwater

February 24 2012

Google may set to offer some tablet competition to Amazon's Kindle Fire
Google may set to offer some tablet competition to Amazon's Kindle Fire

DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim has told CNET that he expects Google to launch a 7-inch, own-brand tablet in the near future, and reckons that the tablet could head to production as soon as April.

Shim said that the tablet is likely to have a 1280 x 800 resolution display, and expects the initial production run to reach between 1.5 million and 2 million units. These comments follow a report from Asia-based Digitimes earlier in the year which claimed that Google’s tablet will run Android 4.0 and will be priced at $199, putting it in direct competition with Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Despite the rumor, Shim is unsure how Google will market the tablet. "I don't know how they plan on marketing it. If it's going to be a premium device, or if it's going to be a Kindle Fire type competitor", said Shim, when speaking to CNET's Brooke Crothers.

Google’s interest in the tablet market is due to take a spike later this year when (if expected) it completes the acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the manufacturer of the Xoom and the Xyboard tablets. Some professionals in the industry, including HP CEO Meg Whitman, have questioned whether Google's Android operating system will remain an open platform after Google completes the buyout of Motorola.

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  • mgozaydin
    2 years 9 months ago

    Dear Google
    Hurry up . Turkey needs 16 million tablets mainly 10 " some 7 " .
    The price of $ 199 looks terrific.
    We bought as pilot from samsung Galaxy 10" at $ 450 at a quantitty of 4,500 .
    General Mobile 8.9" $ 350 at a quantity of 4,000 .
    Next tender will be for 1 million in September or so .
    Please hurry up. Android with Google tablets have a big chance of wining at $ 199 price range for all 16 million in years . I am willing to help you .
    look me up at Google muvaffak gozaydin

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