You know when a story comes along and you think: ‘Uhm, that kinda goes without saying’? Well, this is one of them. But we can’t resist a spot of Digitimes “sources from upstream component makers” action.
Essentially, the Digichaps are saying that Android tablet manufacturers are concerned about the possible arrival of Apple and Google in the 7in tablet arena.
The 7in no man’s land between smartphones and 10in tablets is being increasingly favoured by Android tablet makers, and priced around the $200 mark – as evidenced by the Amazon Kindle Fire – they’re a viable wallet-friendly alternative to the iPad.
However, those iPad mini rumours are back, with a recently leaked Samsung Securities document suggesting that it’ll drop in Q3. That’s despite the late Steve Jobs being quite outspoken in his dislike for smaller tablet displays.
Meanwhile, Google is said to be working on a 7in tablet, with Asus tipped for Nexus glory. With sexy specs including a quad-core processor and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and a price tag of just $199-249, it’s easy to understand why other manufacturers might be quaking in their boots.
Cheers to Digitimes’ sources for pointing that out. Ahem.