For those who may have long been wondering exactly when the first pure Google tablet will make its way onto the market and potentially clean-house once and for all, the answer may be very soon indeed.
According to industry analysts citing key company sources, a new all-Google tablet has been earmarked for launch as early as this April, when it will be pitted head to head with the likes of the unstoppable Amazon Kindle Fire. The Google tablet will measure in at the same 7 inches in terms of display real-estate, though will offer a significantly bumped-up resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels.
The reports also go on to suggest that initial production volumes will be around the 2 million unit mark.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will of course be at the helm of the device, which is expected to hit the shelves for the same $199 as the Amazon Kindle Fire – or perhaps fractionally cheaper.
On the other hand, some have suggested that the Google tablet may in fact be marketed as a premium smaller tab with quite exceptional specs, which would put it more in line with other high-end tablets such as the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab.
In either case, the market for smaller and more affordable tablet PCs has been proven as a global phenomenon that appears to be growing by the day, with Amazon’s reign of exclusivity likely to see its demise in 2012 in no uncertain terms.