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Rumors persist of a 7-inch Nexus tablet being primed for launch at Google I/O

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Microsoft’s Surface tablets may be dominating the headlines this week, but come the end of the month, the first Google Nexus tablet could be along to steal its thunder. Talk of Google introducing a Nexus-branded tablet has gathered pace over the past months, and a new report from rumormongers Digitimes.com indicates once again that such a device is all ready to be launched at Google I/O.

Much of the report contains information that has been mentioned before, such as the tablet being a co-project between Google and Asus, that it will have a 7-inch touchscreen and cost $199 when it goes on sale.

Quoting sources from “upstream component makers,” it’s added that the tablet will be Wi-Fi only and have a single, forward-facing camera for video calls. A rear camera and 3G/4G connectivity are sacrifices made to the gods of sensible prices. Google Chrome for Android will also come pre-installed, which could indicate it’s about to shrug off its beta tag.

While Digitimes.com may not have the best rumor/fact conversion rate, it’s interesting to note the similarity between these updated Nexus specifications and Acer’s Iconia A110 tablet, spotted at Computex 2012 at the beginning of the month.

It’s also suggested that Quanta Computer has been hard at work building the tablet, the same firm behind Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the device which is likely to be hardest hit by a cut-price Google Android tablet.

The Nexus tablet — possibly named the Nexus 7 — could be announced at Google I/O and go on to be sold in an all-new online Google store. A shipping date of July is still being rumored, as is global availability.

If all these rumors pan out, this will be Google’s first Nexus product that can’t claim to be top-of-the-range, but more a mass-market device instead. Also, should the price and release date be correct, it’ll be another in the eye for Microsoft, who politely declined to provide such details for its Surface hardware.

Google I/O begins on June 27.