ASUS-Built Nexus Tablet Alleged to Debut at Google I/O Conference
Google is rumored to be unveiling the first Nexus tablet at its I/O Conference in San Francisco on 27th June.
According to TechnoBuffalo, a trusted source claimed that the Nexus tablet is built by ASUS and runs on the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Developers attending the conference will also be given one unit each. However, it is not known whether the developer device will come with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.
DigiTimes also reported that the ASUS-built Nexus tablet will begin shipping in June with an initial volume of 600,000 units. Quoting sources from the upstream supply chain, DigiTimes said that the 7-inch tablet will be available in July.
There is a possibility that the Nexus tablet is built using the "Kai" platform that NVIDIA announced recently. Using the "Kai" platform, NVIDIA aims to offer Android 4.0 tablets that are more powerful than the Amazon Kindle Fire at similar price points.
NVIDIA Vice President Rob Csonger - "Our strategy on Android is simply to enable quad-core tablets running Android Ice Cream Sandwich to be developed and brought out to market at the $199 price point, and the way we do that is a platform we've developed called Kai. So this uses a lot of the secret sauce that's inside Tegra 3 to allow you to develop a tablet at a much lower cost, by using a lot of innovation that we've developed to reduce the power that's used by the display and use lower cost components within the tablet."
Besides the Nexus tablet, Google is also alleged to launch up to five Android 5.0 devices this year.