A new rumor about Google’s new Nexus 7 has appeared, this is it’s related to the tablet’s price. The report comes from Taiwan and it says the Google will not line up with other tablet makers in offering products at the smallest prices.
According to DigiTimes, an online publication that supposedly has sources in the supply chain, the next generation Nexus 7 will be sold between $199-$249, but this is how low the company is willing to go.
The Nexus 7 with 16 GB of internal storage might be sold for $229, and it’s rumored to be launched sometime next month, which kind of matches the release date mentioned in the previous reports.
Nevertheless, there is no official word on the new Nexus 7, and DigiTimes is not among the most reliable publications around, especially when the news is “according to sources”, so we recommend that you take this with a grain of salt.
At the moment, the original Nexus 7 with 16 GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi is sold for $199 while the 32 GB Wi-Fi only version can be bought for $249. If you’re willing to pay $50, you will be provided with 3G connectivity besides the 32 GB of internal storage.
Also, the publication mentions the iPad Mini, which is said to be meant as a high-end device, while the Nexus 7 will be part of the mi-range segment. Other tablet makers will come up with mid-range and low-end devices, like Samsung, while Asus and Acer will go for the entry-level segment.
In my opinion something is wrong here. First of all, the new iPad Mini can’t be a high-end handset, never in a million years, if it resembles the current iPad Mini. And second, Asus is known for bringing only the best hardware on the market, so I would be surprised to see the company launching an entry-level product. But, that’s just me.
Anyway, the same source supposed a couple of days ago that some unmentioned OEMs could release Android-based tablets that would cost around $99. To be fair, Asus has already launched a cheap tablet probably meant to rival the Nexus 7, the MeMo Pad HD 7, and it’s going to be sold for $129. Asus is also rumored to be manufacturing the new Nexus 7, but there is no official confirmation so far.
We remind you that Samsung has already unveiled a series of new tablets, namely the Galaxy Tab 3 family and the Galaxy Note 8.0, while Apple is expected to announce its next generation iPad Mini in the months to come.