A training document containing pricing and specs for the Google's first branded slate, the Nexus 7, has leaked online, yielding more details of how the search giant plans to take on the Apple iPad in the tablet market.
Uncovered by Gizmodo Australia, the doc reveals that Google will sell an 8GB entry-level version of the slate for $199. That ought to equate to an outlay of about £125-130 this side of The Pond.
More of a top-of-the-range kind of chap? Understood. Well, the good news is that the 16GB version won’t be too much more at $249. Or £160 in proper money.
The low price point positions the Nexus 7 as a rival to Amazon’s heavily subsidised Kindle Fire and substantially undercuts even the cheapest iPad.
The doc also discloses that the slate will be landing in July in Australia. And more importantly corroborated previous speculation that Asus will undertake manufacturing duties on Google’s behalf and the slate will debut the forthcoming Jelly Bean version of Android.
Other specs purported to be on board include a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor that will handle the workload of multiple applications running simultaneously, augmented by a pixel-pushing GeForce 12-core GPU.
News of Google’s gambit comes after HIS analysts forecast that the iPad’s market share will grow to 61 per cent in 2012, amid sluggish sales for its Android powered rivals from Samsung and HTC.