Google’s “Nexus” tablet may have a 7-inch display

Earlier this month, Google announced their intentions to produce "a tablet of the highest quality" by the end of Q2 this year. At the time, everyone assumed that they would take on the iPad head to head with a device powered by Ice Cream Sandwich and with a 10-inch display. However, Google revealed very few details, not even disclosing the manufacturer or any of the hardware specs.

As such, nearly everything about the tablet is still debatable. While there is little doubt that the device will either run Ice Cream Sandwich or possibly a new version of Android, a new report from DigiTimes claims to have information suggesting that it will in fact have a 7-inch display, not a 10 or 9.7-inch panel.

The supply chain source also says that the tablet will be retailing for $199 or less, putting it in direct competition not with the iPad, but the Kindle Fire. This makes some sense considering the popularity of the aforementioned device, and would certainly be an exciting announcement for us. Still, with the Galaxy Nexus sporting a 4.65-inch display, a 7-inch companion device does seem to overlap quite a bit. 

Even if a 10-inch tablet would make more sense with the Galaxy Nexus, I would love to see Google put out a pocketable tablet as their reference design. Not only would it probably be a great tablet, it would also contribute greatly to the return of 7-inch devices.

[DigiTimes via MobileSyrup]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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