Google is teaming with Asia-based hardware makers on a low-priced, 7-inch (18cm) tablet computer to challenge offerings by Amazon.com and Apple, according to reports.
Android software backed by the California Internet giant will power hardware built by partners including Samsung and Asustek to compete with iPad and Kindle devices, according to Digitimes and the Wall Street Journal.
An Asustek tablet could be released as early as May with a price of US$199 (A$191) to make it an option for shoppers considering the Kindle Fire made by Amazon.com, said Digitimes.
Google putting its weight behind an economical tablet would likely put pressure on other gadget makers to lower prices. Google did not respond immediately to an AFP request for comment.
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