Google could be planning to roll out a 7-inch tablet in coming months, CNET reports.
The blog is basing its hunch on the word of Richard Shim, an analyst for the firm DisplaySearch, who says that production on the tablet could begin in April. Shim said that he believes Google’s first run of the device will be between1.5 million and 2 million units. The report says that the Google tablet would have a 1280 x 800 resolution, compared with the Amazon Kindle Fire’s 1025 x 600 display. But it obviously wouldn’t have the Fire’s killer feature: access to Amazon’s online marketplace.
This is not the first time that rumors of a Google tablet have surfaced. In January, Digitimes — a Taiwanese tech site with a spotty record on the accuracy of its rumors— reported that Google would make a play to compete with the Fire.
Smaller tablets have been gaining more attention since the Fire was introduced last fall, with quite a bit of hullabaloo over reports that even Apple may be testing a smaller version of its iPad. Smaller tablets size have their charms, especially since hey’re more portable. But they aren’t ideal for people who want to create presentations or other visual media.