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Google releasing Chrome tablet this holiday season? Maybe not

Though Download Squad post hints that the an Apple contender will hit the market in November, the technology weblog Engadget states otherwise.

Google Inc.'s Nexus One might have failed to prove an iPhone contender, but the internet search giant is definitely not ready to bow down so easily to Apple, at least not anytime soon.

After failing to establish a strong foothold in the smartphone market, the Mountain View, California based tech giant is now gearing up to launch its tablet computer, according to a report by Download Squad.

According to the blog posting by technology site, Google, in collaboration with HTC, is working on a Chrome OS tablet.

Also, if this report is anything to go by, Google will be releasing its latest offering on Black Friday (Nov. 26), just in time for the holiday season.

Rumored Chromlet features
Though there has been no confirmation from Google, Lee Mathews of Download Squad believes that the new device will come packed with many features.

The Chrome tablet will boast of a NVidia's Tegra 2 platform that is based off next-generation ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor.

It will also feature a 1280x720 multitouch display, offer 2GB of RAM and 32GB SSD. Apart from the WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity, it will also offer “expandable storage via a multi-card reader.”

Also, if this report is anything to go by, Google will be releasing its latest offering on Black Friday (Nov. 26), just in time for the holiday season.

The blog did not list the pricing details but stated that Google's tablet will come at a price much lower than iPad, and may be offered on Verizon network.

Is Google really planning an Apple contender this year?
Though Download Squad post hints that the an Apple contender will hit the market in November, the technology weblog Engadget states otherwise.

A source has confirmed Engadget that Google's tablet might be in the making but it is not likely to hit the markets before 2011.

Debunking Download Squad report, the site also stated that the internet search behemoth is instead gearing up to release Atom-based netbook.

Readers' react to tablet buzz
Whether Google is working on a tablet or releasing a netbook this year, it is yet not certain. But the recent Chromlet speculation has indeed stirred a discussion on various blogs and forums.

A reader named Renewellie commented on mashable.com, “I just hope this wont stay as a unicorn device only. If this is for real, then I'm sure we're looking on the next ipad contender.”

Another reader named Baz stated under Downland Squad's blog that the rumored tablet by Google sounds interesting but the fact that it could be tied to a specific wireless provider, would limit its marketshare. “Guess I'm still waiting on a real, truly functional, self-contained tablet computer at a reasonable price.”

Though some readers sound excited, some completely criticized the Google's tablet. For instance a reader named Lee posted his view on Engadget, saying, “here another Nexus One type hype festival for a few months.

"It won't be that cheap or free, remember the Nexus One went for full smartphone prices, and this is Verizon for chirst's sake. "It's like an iPad on beautifying steroids."”