Nvidia's Huang isn't thrilled with current Android tablets

— 6:00 AM on May 16, 2011

Android 3.0 tablets have finally arrived, but they're still struggling to come close to the popularity of Apple's iPad. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, whose company's Tegra 2 processor powers many of those Android slates, spoke to the folks at CNet about the subject—and he doesn't sound thrilled about the current batch of iPad rivals... or at least the way they're being sold.

Huang cited a number of reasons for the slow uptake: "It's a point of sales problem. It's an expertise at retail problem. It's a marketing problem to consumers. It is a price point problem. . . . And it's a software richness of content problem." Apparently bringing up the Motorola Xoom, Huang also pointed out that "the baseline configuration included 3G when it shouldn't have." The 3G-enabled Xoom starts at about $600, compared to $500 for the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2. Considering the prevalence of smartphones with wireless tethering capabilities, Wi-Fi is probably good enough for most folks, especially if it saves them a hundred bucks.

Huang sounds optimistic about the future of Android 3.0 tablets despite gripes about early stumbles, however. He told CNet, "The rate at which these Honeycomb Tegra 2 tablets are being improved is really stunning," adding that manufacturers have "readjusted their plans." Hopefully, that means we'll soon be seeing more Android slates with attractive pricing and a broader library of apps.

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