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Asus Rep Confirms Google Nexus Tablet By June's End

The latest rumor surrounding the Asus Google Nexus tablet stems from an unnamed Asus representative at Computex last week. The rep, who asked to remain anonymous (naturally), stated that the 7-inch tablet will arrive by the end of June. This seemingly confirms speculation that Google planned to announce the new tablet line during Google I/O 2012 which takes place in San Francisco during June 27 - 29.

The news follows the release of supposed press image drafts featuring the new tablet. The images revealed a 7-inch tablet sporting a white front and a two-tone gray/black rear panel playing host to the Google and Asus logos. An earpeace speaker was mounted along the top, joined by a front-facing camera and other sensors. On the back was a larger hole in the black portion presumably meant for a rear-facing camera. Two volume buttons also appeared towards the back, but mounted on the right side.

Presently the list of specs is unknown, but previous reports claimed it will feature Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC and 1 GB of RAM. It also reportedly won't feature Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" as previously rumored, but rather Android 4.1 "Ice Cream Sandwich" instead. However given that Asus is likely one of the Google partners lined up to get Jelly Bean first, the Google Nexus tablet is a prime candidate to get the new OS before any other gadget.

In addition to the tablet, the Asus rep also confirmed that the company is now talking with U.S. carriers to bring its Padfone stateside. The carriers reportedly "hate" the device, but AT&T is still willing to give it a shot. AT&T is also getting both the Wi-Fi only and LTE version the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) tablet. It will cost $499, but the rep wasn't clear as to which tablet would offer that pricetag (probably Wi-Fi).

As for the Google Nexus tablet, it will supposedly cost somewhere between $150 and $250. Acer sported a similar sub-$200 tablet last week during Computex, the Iconia Tab A110, which also featured Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC. It will likely launch sometime between the end of June and in the fall when Apple's iPad Mini and Amazon's Kindle Fire 2 crash the tablet scene.