Google looking to delay Nexus tablet launch until July to ensure right price

Google’s upcoming Nexus tablet, which it is building in conjunction with Asustek in Taiwan, is to be delayed from a proposed May release to a more uncertain July release, say sources close to The Verge. According to the leaked reports, Google would have had trouble hitting a $249 price point if the device was released in May, as costs of internal components such as Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC and DDR2 memory are expected to drop by mid-year.

The tablet is presumed to be a reworked version of Asus’ 7-inch MeMo 370T slate that was shown off this year at CES. It will ship with a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 8-16GB internal storage and WiFi, running Android 4.0 out of the box. The screen is expected to have a sharp 1280×800 resolution, which would give the tablet a high 215ppi pixel density.

From a content perspective, too, the delay may be due to Google trying to get some more deals signed with major content providers. Currently its Play Music service is only available in the US and its movie collection is only available to rent, not purchase, putting it at a disadvantage of Apple’s iTunes store.

Source: The Verge