martes, 20 de diciembre de 2011
Google's Android Tablet: How Might It Be Different?
Google appears to be building its very own Android tablet, one designed to compete at the high end of slate spectrum. The company's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, made the announcement to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, adding that Google's premium tablet could debut within six months.
Schmidt told the newspaper that the tablet's build would be of the highest quality, an indication that Google has no intention of duking it out with the new crop of bargain Android-based tablets, such as the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Rather, it'll compete with the next-generation iPad and premium Android slates like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime.
As for price, expect to see a $500 or higher device. Google could drop as low as $400, but probably not below that. However, finding the right recipe of price and features may prove tricky, particularly in light of the Kindle Fire's initial success this holiday season. Consumers have shown they're willing accept a less capable tablet (e.g., slower performance, fewer apps, no cameras) if the price is right.
The iPad, which starts at $500, is a proven success, obviously, but the same hasn't been true for Android tablets. The Transformer Prime may be getting raves from tech reviewers, but it's unclear whether consumers are willing to pay $500 to $600 for a non-Apple tablet.
Given Google's high-end aspirations, its tablet's screen resolution, processor power, storage capacity, and dual cameras (assuming it has two, front and back) must be as good as -- or better than -- what other premium slates will offer six months from now.
Read complete at PcWorld.com