As reported earlier that Google is preparing for its own branded 7-inch Android tablet, with Asus hardware on board. The rumor further rounded up was the price – it is expected that the tablet will come at a price of $149 or $50 less than the similarly size Kindle Fire. Not surprisingly, then, the slate with its current specs is running closer to $249, with the companies hoping to lower costs to make the final price the same — $199 — as Amazon’s best seller.
The latest tweak to add from Digitimes report that Google’s 7-inch tablet PC is set to start shipping in June with initial shipments to reach about 600,000 units. The machine will be officially released in the market in July. The search giant planned to release it first in May but design and costs factors did not allow it to reach its expectations. The 7-inch tablet PC is expected to achieve total shipments of 2-2.5 million units in 2012.