If you want to use Android in its purest form, then it’s best to select a device from Google’s Nexus range of phones, of which the current flagship is the Android 4.0-running Galaxy Nexus. But what if you want an Android tablet without a manufacturer UI?
At the moment, there isn’t a Nexus-branded tablet for you to buy, however, according to a new rumour such a device is close to becoming reality. But rather than use Samsung – the company which has produced the last two Nexus phones – Google has reportedly asked Asus to come up with the Nexus tablet.
While Samsung has an extensive range of its own tablets, it’s Asus who has come closest to creating a tablet worthy of challenging the all-powerful iPad, in the shape of the Transformer Prime. Boasting a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and a keyboard dock accessory, the Prime is an exciting and innovative product, so Asus could be seen as the ideal partner for Google’s Nexus tablet plans.
A source connected with Asus’s supply chain claims ‘it’s a done deal’ with Google and that when the tablet arrives, it’ll be priced at between $149 and $199, or £95 and £125. Aside from the tablet having a 7-inch screen and a possible Snapdragon processor, nothing else is known about the specification.
At this price, any branded, high-quality tablet would be an absolute steal, but is it really likely? Nexus smartphones have always been top-of-the-line and priced accordingly, so for a Nexus tablet to be priced so low, it will presumably have a low-spec too. It would also go against Google’s own statement about a Nexus tablet as last December, Eric Schmidt said that in the “next six months we plan to market a tablet of the highest quality.”
However, if the $199 price-point is accurate, the Nexus tablet would be aimed squarely at Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Any new Nexus product needs a new version of Android, so if a Nexus tablet is coming, it could do so with the official launch of either Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie, however, there’s also a chance it’ll come with Android 4.0 and make its debut at the CTIA show in early May.