Google Expected to Unveil Kindle Rival This Week
With Google’s developers conference just days away, more details about a tablet with the search giant’s brand expected to be announced at the event have begun to leak out.
The latest details of the device, the Nexus 7, come from an apparent training document about the slate obtained byGizmodo Australia.
If the details in that document are accurate, it appears that the Google tablet will be positioned squarely at Amazon’s Kindle Fire. According to Gizmodo, Nexus 7 will be a 7-inch tablet with low-end pricing — $199 for an 8GB version and $249 for a 16GB version. However, other sources report more aggressive pricing, such as $159 or $177.
By comparison, an 8GB Kindle Fire costs $199. While the tablet was a hot item during the holiday season, its popularity has been waning. A new version of the slate has been rumored for months, but nothing has appeared on the horizon yet. If a new model is introduced, pricing on the old model could sink to $149.