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Google Priming New Tablet For Summer Release

Google are set to deliver a new tablet PC in late July or August. The new device will be co-branded with Asustek Computer of Taiwan (Asus).

Last December, Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, mentioned to an Italian newspaper that the internet supergiant would have a tablet "in six months". It would have arrived earlier, but the manufacturers wanted tweak one final thing, the price.

As tablet competition, from the iPad and Kindle Fire in particular, is so strong, Google wanted a few more months in order to lower the price, in an attempt to make its tablet more attractive to consumers. It's now been brought in-line with that of the Kindle Fire. Both 7 inch tablets are available at $199.

The Google tablet will be WiFi only, and features a 7 inch screen and an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It will run on the Android platform, and will come with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating sandwich.

Looking to the future, Google and Asus may have some heavy competition coming from Apple. The Cupertino based company is said to be working on a small version of the iPad 2. The 'iPad Mini' will have a 7.85 inch display screen.

Source: eWeek