While having a Chrome OS Tablet was bit obvious, it was not sure that what would Google come out with first: Chrome OS Tablet or Android Tablet.
As per the latest leak, DownloadSquad reports that Google is building a Chrome OS tablet. The hardware is being built by HTC, leading to another OEM partnership with HTC after Nexus One.
Since Chrome OS is a thin-client OS, a Browser, more precisely, it would heavily rely on internet usage being connected all the time. And that’s why they plan to offer it in conjunction with Verizon — Now we know what that Net neutrality move was all about.
Launch Date: Google plans to unveil this gadget on Black Friday – Novemebr 26th to be precise. No doubt, this would be the best day to launch a shiny new tablet with nation’s most reliable wireless network – Verizon.
Pricing: Its hard to say how much exactly, but, Google Chrome OS tablet will be heavily subsidized, with a Verizon data contract. It can be as low as $100.
The Hardware: As per the rumors, it will be powered by NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform that would power smooth HD videos and blazing graphics rendering for both gmaes & heavy, Rich web content. The display would essentially be a 720p (1280×720) multitouch display feeding on 2GB of RAM, & will posses large SD card starting all the way from 32GB SSD.
On the connectivity front, It would feature WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, 3G EVDO/HSDPA 7.1 Mbps connectivity. There would be a good GPS, camera. The hardware would be good enough to amke everyone happy enough, just like they did with Nexus One.
But will it succeed? Most users would never leave native apps for the web apps? But who knows if google has something really awesome being cooked under the hood. Their acquisitions like BumptTop can bring 3D desktop environment to this tablet.
Even if it doesn’t I see good reasons to hack it to install Android 2.2 Froyo, Ubuntu Netbook Linux & may be Ubuntu 10.10 Multitouch in the future.