The tablet “wars” are getting even more interesting as, according to our friends at Download Squad, Google is apparently set to launch a new Chrome OS powered tablet device with Verizon as early as November of this year. According to a source close to the device, the tablet is indeed real, is built by HTC and will be powered by Google’s other operating system, Chrome.
In addition, the table will be offered by Verizon and will, as they do with other Netbook devices, have it available for a substantially reduced price with a data contract. In fact, the price may be so reduced that the table may actually end up being completely free.
The new tablet will reportedly launch on November 26th (aka ‘Black Friday” in the U.S.) to capitalize on the holiday shopping frenzy that usually commences at that time. And, of course, to compete with Apple’s very popular iPad.
Speculation has also been made about the tablets internal specs. According to DLS, it will most likely be powered by NVidia’s Tegra 2 platform and sport a 1280×720 multitouch display, 2GB of RAM, minimum 32GB SSD, WiFi/Bluetooth/3G connectivity, GPS, webcam, and possibly expandable storage via a multi-card reader.
Although this tablet does sound cool (especially the free part) I have to wonder why Google didn’t just go with Android to power this device? After all, that OS is doing pretty well for itself and has already found its way into at least one tablet already on the market: the Dell Streak. So, I wonder at Google’s motivation in going with Chrome.
I guess they must know what they’re doing. Looking forward to checking these out when they arrive. How about you guys?