Google is expected to announce its low cost Nexus tablet today at its flagship I/O Conference and this tablet may really shake up the tablet market worldwide due to its expected low pricing factor. If the rumors are to be believed, The 7 inch Google Nexus is expected to cost around USD 199 or roughly about Rs. 11,000/-.
Yes, there are tons of tablet out there that cost half of that – however, the most important factor is the specifications that Google Nexus Tablet is expected to offer at that rate.
Based on various media reports, The Nexus tablet will have top of the line features which include powerful 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, GeForce 12-core GPU and 1GB of RAM. Now, these kind of specs are currently available only on couple of tablets (if at all) and those tablets are priced 3 times of what Nexus tablet is expected to cost.
According to Gizmodo Australia, who got their hands on Nexus Tablet’s training document detailing exactly what’s going to be in the new tablet and how much it’s going to cost , it will come in 2 storage variants 8Gb and 16Gb. The 8Gb variant is expected to be priced at USD 199/- (Rs. 11000) and 16GB variant is expected to be USD 249/- (Rs. 13750).
The tablet will have host of other top-of-the-line features as well. The 7inch screen of Nexus Tablet will have IPS display with a 178-degree viewing angle, running a resolution of 1280×800. The device will come with 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, primarily for purposes of video-conferencing. It will not have any rear cameras as Google does not think tablet can serve good as a normal camera like more portable phones can.
The Nexus tablet will come with latest version of Google, Jelly Bean and will feature NFC and run Google Wallet (probably only in the US) and Android Beam.
Google has partnered with Asus as the hardware manufacturer for this tablet, as it has done with Samsung previously for its Nexus Phones.
Google Nexus Tablet may revolutionize Tablet Market globally
Now, before I comment, keep in mind that the pricing and details of Google Nexus Tablet are still rumors and it may happen that nothing of what has been written above may be true. However, if at all it turns out to be a reality, it may seriously change the Tablet Market in India as well as worldwide.
Lets take an example of Aakash – When Aakash was announced at Rs. 2276, although the low specs were criticized, it showed the entire world that a working tablet at that cost was possible. It set the benchmark for pricing. Then we had slew of other Android tablets which came in at sub Rs. 5k pricing.
Similarly, today Apple and other A-list tablet manufacturers have set the tone for tablet pricing. Most consumers expect good-spec branded tablets to cost no less than Rs. 25,000. However, if Google Nexus comes at Rs. 11k and has specifications that are un-rivaled, it will force all other tablet manufacturers to cut their pricing to match that of Nexus Tablet.
And with A-list Branded tablet pricing coming at Rs. 10k range, there will be pressure of current “cheap tablet (read Chinese)” manufacturers to drop their pricing further…
With that, tablets may come in grasp of nearly every consumer creating a huge new market.
What’s your take? Would love to hear your thoughts on this…