Nexus 7 was the first tablet of the Mountain View-based giant, developed in collaboration with ASUS, a product that had a huge market success. The customers were attracted by the high-end specifications of the slate, but also by the affordable price.
Amazon was a road-opener for the affordable 7-inch tablet segment, as its Kindle Fire has quickly raised to the top of the Android-powered tablets in less than a quarter after its market debut.
Google saw the potential of the 7-inch tablet segment and contracted ASUS to build a $199 device for them, Nexus 7. The tablet was unveiled in June 2012, being world’s first terminal to come pre-loaded with Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Nexus 7 is available for purchase in Google Play Store, and for a mere $199 you will get you a quad-core Tegra 3-powered tablet with a 7-inch HD display, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.
Even though the Nexus 7 is already as cheap as possible, reports that the search engine giant has plans for an even cheaper Android-powered tablet.
The latest rumors are coming straight from DigiTimes, the Asia publication popular for its leaks regarding unannounced gadgets. Quoting anonymous sources, the guys at DigiTimes claim that Google will launch a new tablet priced below one hundred dollars next year. It seems that ASUS will manufacture the new tablet, the company that helped Google build the first Nexus 7.
For the time being, there are no details about its technical specifications or size, but reports are indicating that the $99 tablet is already on Google’s and ASUS’ work table.
According to DigiTimes, the upcoming $99 Nexus tablet will it the emergent markets sometime next year, with a production estimated to be around 500,000 – 600,000 units.