Asus wants the world to know how close it is to Google, but that could be closer than we'd ever imagined if reports from DigiTimes are to be believed. The site's sources claim that the two companies are to collaborate on a 7-inch tablet aimed at the Kindle Fire with a price tag of $199-$249. It's said to be the first tablet to run the Google Play store, and is set to debut in May. Google apparently selected Asus for its quality and ODM capabilities, and the company has indeed been working on similar-sounding products. Asus showed off the MeMO ME370T at CES this year, a 7-inch tablet with a Tegra 3 SoC, 1280 x 800 resolution display and $249 price point, though we haven't heard much about it since — could Google be thinking along similar lines? Of course, this is all rumor and speculation for now, but Asus would seem like a great fit for a hypothetical Nexus tablet.
Google-branded 7-inch Asus tablet coming as early as May, says DigiTimes
DigiTimes is reporting that Google and Asus are to collaborate on a 7-inch tablet to be out as soon as May. The tablet is said to retail for $199-249, directly targeting the Kindle Fire.