If you’re holding out for the rumored Google tablet, your wait may have just got quite a bit longer. The Verge reports that Google is re-working the current version of its first-ever tablet in an attempt to drive the price down even further, which pushed the release until at least July.
The original model, which Google had reportedly planned to release in May, would cost customers about $250 — less than half the cost of the least expensive third-generation iPad. But that isn’t cheap enough, apparently, and Google is looking for ways to chop the price down to around $150 to $200, which would put it in the same price bracket as the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Barnes and Noble Nook Tablet.
As of now, the Google tablet, produced by Asustek, has a 7-inch touchscreen, packs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and runs on Androi 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Earlier this week, PocketNow posted a picture of what is purportedly the current Google tablet. No other information came with that rumor, and it seems highly unlikely that the photos are legitimate. But either way, it looks like whatever Google releases will be something different than what it has now.
While cutting the price of the Google tablet may be a good business strategy — the Amazon Kindle Fire’s success is widely attributed to its low cost, not its features or functionality — it also means the tablet will pale in comparison to Apple’s iPad, which remains the standard bearer for the industry. Will people buy a $150 Android tablet? Of course. Will it actually be any good? Well, we’ll have to wait and see. But Google’s alleged race to the bottom makes it highly unlikely that we’ll see anything of real quality. But if people buy, does that even matter?