Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2012 21:23 UTC
Google Gizmodo Australia claims to have a training document which details the rumoured Google Nexus tablet. It's built by Asus, 7", 1280x800, 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, GeForce '12-core' GPU (whatever the heck that means). The 8GB variant will be $199, the 16GB one $299. It looks quite decent, and will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Interestingly, the document also states that going forward, Google will take care of Android updates directly - however, it's not made clear if that's for this device only, or for all Android devices. The "going forward" bit would suggest all devices, but as much as I hope so, it seems unlikely.
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Not price competitive
by Hussein on Mon 25th Jun 2012 22:08 UTC
Hussein
Member since:
2008-11-22

Neither CPU nor GPU put it ahead of last year's iPad. It major selling point is 7" for those who want that size and Google-branding which means guaranteed updates, but based on price alone I can see people paying the extra $100 and getting a 16GB iPad for $399.

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RE: Not price competitive
by libray on Tue 26th Jun 2012 00:24 in reply to "Not price competitive"
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

New IPads start at $499, but I know what you mean. Getting last years...
The 1GB in a 7 inch tablet was also already done last year by the Playbook.

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RE: Not price competitive
by Neolander on Tue 26th Jun 2012 03:21 in reply to "Not price competitive"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I don't know yet if this thing has an SD card slot. But if there was one, can you explain me why one would care about ridiculously overpriced internal storage instead of opting for cheaper and upgradeable external storage like on digital cameras ?

I mean, $100 for 8GB of low-quality flash storage sounds ridiculous to me. Pen drives of that capacity costed much less than that two years ago, and the market moves fast...

Edited 2012-06-26 03:25 UTC

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

I'm betting it won't since none of the Nexus phones have SD card slots.

As for why they don't make removable storage the "/home" partition for user data and applications, I have no idea. I can only speculate that the Android team expected better integration with Google then what's going on now.

The 8GB probably isn't where most of the cost is. That was probably a couple of dollars. Besides, you're supposed to use the Google cloud. ;)

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RE[2]: Not price competitive
by phoenix on Tue 26th Jun 2012 16:58 in reply to "RE: Not price competitive"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

If it's a full-sized SD slot, that would be nice. Up to 16 GB cards are now under $1/GB up here, and the 32+ GB cards are hovering around $2/GB.

MicroSD cards are approx. double that right now (8 GB for just under $20 after taxes).

Obviously, these aren't the fastest SD cards around, but they aren't the crappiest either. Price goes up with speed requirements.

(Prices in CDN$.)

Absolutely amazes me that Apple can charge a $100 US premium for 8 GB of extra storage.

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RE: Not price competitive
by nej_simon on Tue 26th Jun 2012 07:23 in reply to "Not price competitive"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

Neither CPU nor GPU put it ahead of last year's iPad...


Actually the tegra 3 has a faster CPU than Apple's A5X, while the A5X has a faster GPU.

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RE[2]: Not price competitive
by phoenix on Wed 27th Jun 2012 08:36 in reply to "RE: Not price competitive"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The A5X also has a lot more memory bandwidth than the Tegras, all of which are limited to a single 32-bit memory channel. ;) For all the graphics know-how that Nvidia has, they are really limiting/hampering/hobbling their mobile graphics solutions. Even at 1.6 GHz, with DDR3-1066 memory, the Tegra3 GPU is slow. ;) Just check out the benchmarks for the Asus Transformer Infinity (1900x1200 resolution @ 10.1") at anandtech.com. PowerVR GPUs runs circles around the Tegras.

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