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Google to unveil tiny tablet at I/O: rumour

Just a week on from Microsoft’s unveiling of its new Surface, another big software player could be preparing to launch a self-branded tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad.

According to numerous reports, Google is planning to launch a tablet dubbed the Nexus 7. Hardware maker Asus is said to be the company producing the Google-branded device, despite Google recently purchasing another hardware company, Motorola Mobility.

The most detailed report on the Nexus 7 so far has come from Gizmodo Australia, which acquired a training document revealing specs and pricing.

According to their report, the device will run on a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, boast 1GB of RAM and both 8GB and 16GB memory options.

The screen will measure just seven inches, compared with the iPad’s 9.7 inches, and the operating system will be Android 4.1, aka Jellybean.

The report also says the entry price will be US$199, a figure backed up by other rumours.

We’ll have to wait for Google’s I/O developer’s conference, which kicks off overnight tonight, before we know which of the rumours are true. If you’re really keen the keynote is being live-streamed, starting at 4:30am New Zealand time.

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