An Asus executive has confirmed to Reuters what everyone was already thinking about Google’s first own tablet: it will be targeting Amazon and its affordable Kindle Fire.
Launched in November 2011, the Kindle Fire runs a modified version of Android, features a 7 inch display, and costs only $199.99.
Google’s tablet, likely called Nexus 7, will also have a 7 inch display. It will probably run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and could be officially announced later today, at Google’s I/O conference. According to Reuters, the tablet will be co-branded with Asus (which is its actual manufacturer). Specs-wise, the Nexus 7 is far superior to Amazon’s current Kindle Fire, offering a 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, NFC, 1.2MP front-facing camera, and 8GB or 16GB of internal memory. The 8GB version should cost $199.99, and the 16GB one $249.99.
In the meantime, it looks like Amazon is readying a new Kindle Fire, possibly called Kindle Fire 2. This could be launched at the end of July.
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