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Google plans low-price tablet - reports

2012-03-30 13:03

San Francisco - Google is teaming with Asia-based hardware makers on a low-priced, 18cm tablet computer to challenge offerings by Amazon.com and Apple, reports said on Thursday.

Android software backed by the California internet giant will power hardware built by partners including Samsung and Asustek to compete with iPad and Kindle devices, according to Digitimes and the Wall Street Journal.

An Asustek tablet could be released as early as May with a price of $199 to make it an option for shoppers considering the Kindle Fire made by Amazon.com, said Digitimes.

Google putting its weight behind an economical tablet would likely put pressure on other gadget makers to lower prices. Google did not respond immediately to an AFP request for comment.

Comments
  • pietopper - 2012-03-30 13:46

    Oh, wait, let me see. Google will sell an 18cm screen tablet in May for $199. This will put pressure on Amazon, who are selling an 18 cm tablet for $199 today. That makes sense.

      Adrian - 2012-03-30 14:18

      you forgot to add ... Available in South Africa for R 2999-00. Because importers believe that Cost R1 + Profit R 1 = 1% markup ..

  • Gichumz - 2012-03-30 14:12

    Cheap?? pahaha yah just a doller behind a ipad

  • peter.retief - 2012-03-30 16:47

    keen to see it!

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