Google Nexus tablet release date set for July, report claims

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In just over a week from now Google will host its annual Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco, an event that’s going to star the company’s first Nexus-branded tablet. The device, rumored to be called the Nexus 7, will be an affordable 7-inch Android tablet, which we’ve seen in various reports and leaks in the past few months.

The Nexus tablet is expected to be an Amazon Kindle Fire competitor, rather than a full blown iPad rival. Android Authority has exclusively reported from Computex 2012 that Asus will indeed be the maker of the Nexus tablet, just as it was rumored so far.

Today we have a new report confirming that the Nexus tablet will be unveiled at Google I/O. Digitimes, whose track record is far from perfect when reporting on tech-related rumors, claims that the device will cost $199 and it will be manufactured by Quanta Computers.

The publication reports that in addition to Google representatives, Asus chairman Jonney Shih will also take the stage at Google I/O during the official announcement of the device. The tablet is said to feature only a front-facing camera and only Wi-Fi support. Yesterday we saw the first pictures taken with an Asus Nexus 7 tablet, according to EXIF data available in Picasa, and the resolution of those images suggested that a front-facing camera was used.

Apparently a rear-facing camera and cellular connectivity have been sacrificed in order to keep down the cost of the device. Furthermore, the Google Nexus tablet will come preloaded with Google’s Chrome browser, “with compatibility issues having been resolved to allow smoother operation for some software applications.”

Google is expected to start selling the device in July, with shipments said to reach “at least three million” in the second half of the year. Curiously enough, Asus will have its own 7-inch Android tablet in stores in August, and the device will retail for $159-$179 is the report is to be believed.

Anyone excited about the Google Nexus 7’s arrival?

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