Google set to unveil Android tablet to rival iPad Mini

Google set to unveil Android tablet to rival iPad Mini

Google is rumoured to be planning to launch a smaller, cheaper Android rival to the iPad as early as May.

The tablet, which will be made in partnership with Asus, will feature a seven-inch screen, according to Digitimes.

Leaks from hi-tech suppliers in the Far East had already hinted that a small, cheap Android "entertainment tablet" might be released in the first half of this year.

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently told Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra that the company will "market a table of the highest quality" in the next six months.

It is thought the move to a smaller Android tablet has been made to pre-empt the introduction of the iPad Mini, which experts predict will hit the market in the third quarter of this year.

The new Google device would not be in direct competition with the high-end, hi-tech new iPad, but would be a step ahead of the smaller iPad version.