Google will strip back the feature set of its first-ever own-branded tablet, rumours suggest, as it bids to take the fight to Apple in the tablet market.
According to DigiTimes, the Google Nexus 7 will not be available in a 3G option and will be Wi-Fi-only. It will also be sans a proper, rear-mounted camera for snapping and video recording and will feature only a low-grade front-facing camera for video calls.
The search giant is apparently paring back the gadget’s spec sheet to keep its asking price at $200. That’s a very, very wallet-friendly £125-£150 in proper money.
It is thought that Asus will assume manufacturing duty for the slate, which will come in at a compact and bijou seven inches.
Until now Google has resisted creating an Android tablet of its own. However, slow sales for the likes of the HTC Flyer and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range are thought to have been behind its change of heart.
The sole Android tablet to make a discernable impact so far is Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the success of which has much to do with the retailer’s decision to subsidise it in the hope of turning a profit on sales of apps, ebooks and movies.