Today Gizmodo Australia said it has viewed a training document detailing Googleâ€™s new tablet, expected to be announced at Google I/O this Wednesday.
According to the leak, itâ€™s a 7-inch, Nexus-branded tablet, built by Asus, with a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM with two different storage variants: 8GB and 16GB. It’s called the Nexus 7 and will also feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.
The screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280 by 800. The device will also sport a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will also give you 9 hours worth of operation.
The leaked document says that the device will be the first to run Jelly Bean, the new version of Android. Details are scarce on Jelly Bean, but the slides tell us that Google will handle operating system updates from now on, to lessen fragmentation.
Priced below $US200, the Googleâ€™s Nexus 7 is expected to become an Amazon Kindle Fire killer. Competitor Apple has already announced iOS 6, while Microsoft has announced their Surface Tablet and Windows Phone 8.
Lilliputing notes the Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 is an Android 4.0 tablet with a 1 GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display.
Itâ€™s available from Lenovo for $311.20, making it one the cheapest tablets from a company youâ€™ve heard of that ships with Android 4.0 and Google Certification (which means you get the Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, and other official Google apps). The screen is an IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280 by 800. The device will also sport a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The battery will also give you 9 hours worth of operation.
Apple sold some 40 million iPads in 2011, says IDC, with iPads accounting for 59% of tablet sales globally in 2011. Worldwide shipments of tablets in 2012 are expected to total 107.4 million units. Among Android tablets, Samsung had 6.3% of the market, and Asus took 2.5%.
Amazon had 6.9% of the market with its Android variant and Barnes & Noble had 4.9%. IDC now expects 2012 ebook reader shipments to be stable at around 28 million units, down slightly from the 28.2 million units that shipped in 2011. IDC is not currently forecasting Windows 8 or Windows RT tablets in its Media Tablet Tracker.
According to Forrester Research, tablets are rapidly becoming the primary device of choice for millions of people around the world. Sales of tablet computers in 2016 are predicted to hit 375 million, and 760 million tablets could be in use worldwide.