The Googizon tablet?

So I went on vacation for a few weeks, and some of the most interesting stuff to hit our industry happened while I was away. Wow.

Skipping the somewhat-unsurprising news that Google has merged with Verizon and will eat our children (I may be paraphrasing just a bit), here’s the latest thing that strikes me as funny:

Google launching a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon, goes on sale November 26
Google is building a Chrome OS tablet. It’s real, and it’s being built by HTC … expect it to be every bit as geek-tastic as the Nexus One.

What I find particularly humorous is that the last little bit is not exactly the endorsement that the author intended. When invoking the moniker of Google’s most awesomest handset evar, let’s just first recall how well the Nexus One sold in its opening week (graph stolen from Wired.com):

When you subtract out the units that were given away as promos, I think over all Google sold around forty Nexus Ones over the product’s lifetime. So comparing the tablet’s future to that of the Nexus One may doom it.

Another thing I find humorous is the promo shot of the tablet:

It’s computer generated (self-admittedly, but still …). The tablet is expected to show up in stores in three months, and yet no photos of it exist? Words fail me. This thing is probably real, and it may turn out to be the best thing since sliced bread … but come on, guys.