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Rumor: Google to ship 600,000 Nexus tablets in June, 2.5 million estimated for 2012

May 24, 2012

We’re quite aware that DigiTimes hasn’t exactly been the most accurate source when it comes to their so-called inside scoops, but we feel this one is worthy of reporting. We’ve all been expecting Google’s first Nexus tablet for a while now and it’s pretty much confirmed that Google will be working with Asus, after the former was impressed by the latter’s string of awe-inspiring tablets. However, the availability of the Nexus tablet is still one piece of information privy to a few.

According to industry sources that spoke to DigiTimes, it appears that Google is readying the shipment of its 7-inch Nexus tablet – all 600,000 units of them – in June, which means one can expect to see the tablet in stores in July. Apparently, Google’s initial plan was to release the Nexus tablet in May, but Google’s dissatisfaction with the design and costs saw the shipment and release date of the tablet pushed back. We just hope the delay means the tablet now will come with a game-changing low price and impressive specs, two things we don’t normally hear being mentioned in the same breath.

Talking about setting moderate expectations, the source said that Google is aiming to ship 2-2.5 million Nexus tablets this year. The company will have to face some stiff competition from the next Kindle Fire, the expected arrival of iPad Mini, and other 7-inch Android stalwarts.

As for the rumored specs and price of the Nexus tablet, it should come with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and a $250 price tag. Obviously, the more affordable Google makes the Nexus slate, the more chances it has on winning the hearts of many.