HTC is apparently building a Chrome OS tablet for Google. That wouldn’t come as a terrible shock, since the Google Nexus One Android smartphone was also built by HTC.
The Google Chrome OS tablet is rumored to launch on Verizon on November 26th. Again, this makes sense, since Verizon is a long-standing partner to Google, especially seeing how they’ve been pushing Android devices lately.
Why November 26th? Well, that’s Black Friday in the US. The busiest shopping day of the year. This day is traditionally one of massive price cuts for electronics, so it would come as no surprise to anyone if the Chrome OS tablet would be extremely cheap or even free at least on this day.
If Verizon do the pricing well (which is to say, not the way they’ve handled the data plans for Microsoft’s Kin), this tablet may end up being substantially cheaper than the iPad or even free with a Verizon data contract even after Black Friday has passed. And that would all but guarantee decent sales.
The above image is obviously just a render, not the actual product.
The likely specs for the Chrome OS tablet are:
- Nvidia Tegra 2 platform
- 1280×720 multi-touch screen
- 2 GB of RAM
- minimum 32 GB SSD
- WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G (perhaps even LTE?)
- possibly extended storage via card reader
Which is all perfectly drool-worthy, but one question remains in my mind. Why Chrome OS? Why not Android? Will people that have gotten used to the iOS and Android app stores be willing to go for a browser-only tablet?
I can’t see this not selling well, since it’s a tablet on Verizon, will probably be heavily subsidized and also has the Google brand on it, but I can’t help but feel that running Android would have made it a slam dunk. This way, geeks may love it, but for the man in the street, I’m not sure it will turn out to be the perfect solution.
Time will tell.
Via Download Squad
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