Asus is set to launch Google’s Nexus tablet in May for as little as $149, according to claims made by a senior employee at a supply chain company in the US.
The source said the seven-inch tablet is ‘a done deal.’
The claims follow rumours that Google is developing a Nexus tablet to rival Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
The source told blog site www.androidandme.com that Asus scrapped the Asus MeMo 370T, unveiled at CES, after Google appointed the company to produce its Nexus tablet.
Asus did not showcase the Asus MeMo 370T at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.
The tablet could be powered by a Snapdragon processor, according to industry observers, who point to Asus’s strong relationship with Qualcomm.
The device is tipped to be launched at the CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans, which opens on 8 May. Sources say it will ship with the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich. However, some pundits are predicting it may become the flagship platform for the next version of Android, codenamed Jelly Bean.
Asus declined to comment.