This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard about Google “entering the tablet market.” The last time we heard about it, though, it was December of last year and there was talk that it could be a “Nexus” device. Those rumors have quieted down (thankfully), and now we’re left with this latest report from CNET, which is basing its story from a DisplaySearch analyst.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of information to go on. The analyst, Richard Shim, suggests that production will start as early as April and that Google is aiming to manufacture somewhere in the range of 1.5 to 2 million units for launch. What Shim does suggest he knows, though, is that the new 7-inch Google tablet would feature a display with a resolution of 1280×800. For those wondering what the Kindle Fire from Amazon has, it’s measured in at 7-inches, but the resolution is “only” 1024×600.
Shim is unaware as to how Google might market a tablet like this one:
“I don’t know how they plan on marketing it. If it’s going to be a premium device, or if it’s going to be a Kindle Fire type competitor.”
It is certainly not impossible that Google would want to create a tablet “themselves,” and launch a true Google-branded tablet with Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich on it. But, in that vein, nothing is really impossible, right?