Report: Google’s Nexus tablet possibly delayed until July due to pricing concerns

Posted on Apr 6 2012 - 11:33am by Mike Wewerka

Looks like we won’t be getting our hands on a Google Nexus Tablet for another couple of months, according to a post by The Verge. Apparently Google was not satisfied with the device’s design, which was ready to go for production in May. Google is now making some alterations to the tablet, which could push its debut back to July, at the earliest.

The reason for the last minute change in design, according to sources close to the matter, was to bring the price of the tablet down from the projected $250, to a $150-200 range. It’s clear Google is obviously gunning for the Amazon Kindle Fire ($199.99), which has been leeching off Google’s own OS and is now making more money on their own app market, the Amazon App Store, than Google makes with the Android Market.

The Google Nexus branded tablet is rumored to be a 7-inch device, packing an NVIDIA Tegra 3 (quad-core) processor and will be wi-fi only. There is also a possibility that Google may be delaying this device to wait for prices to drop on the processor, as NVIDIA’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, said that he expects pricing for the Tegra 3 to become cheaper by the Summer.

It is still entirely possible that we may see a pre-production version of the Google tablet at Google I/O in June, with an actual retail model rolling out the following month or two. Will this be the device to kickstart an Android tablet revival? It could be, but if Apple is really planning a 7-inch iPad, Google may have more competition than they expected.