$99 Nexus tablet to enter production in December?
Taiwanese DigiTimes first mentioned the possibility of a $99 Nexus tablet made by Google. At the same time, Asus - the company that is expected to manufacture the device - has denied those rumors. We wouldn’t rule it out that Google has partnered with another company, or is just trying to keep it all a secret.
Having a $99 tablet would be a very bold move, virtually making the tablet a commodity that pretty much everyone can afford. But while it’s bold it doesn’t lack logic in Google and Android’s march to cover all segments of the market. We are seeing how Android smartphones have dropped under $100, and are now deep into feature phone territory.
The reiteration of the $99 Nexus tablet comes alongside rumors of Google also building a 10-inch 2,560 x 1,600-pixel tablet, a device that would have slightly higher resolution than the iPad. Here’s to hoping for both.
1. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
If they could make a decent tablet costing $99 dollars, then they should start making a $200-250 mindblowing nexus phone.
3. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
The patents for connectivity is driving the phone prices up. That's why it's easier to produce affordable wifi-only tablets (like the Nexus 7).
6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
true that. if $99 is enough for a seven inch tablet, why not make a $200 phone that's twice the power of that 7inch tablet and put the $50 for licenses regarding connectivity. :D
24. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
That's probably what they'll end up doing with the GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus. It's $350 now, so I would assume it will drop to $300 or (less) possibly $250 by the holiday season.
15. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Google is absolutely going to floor the competition with this. The kind of market reach google will have with this low priced tablet would be unbeatable by any other platform!
They will not only appeal to the people wanting android goodness at a really really affordable price but they will also annex the mid-to-low range segment.
An unlocked tablet for this price would be simply unbeatable!
2. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
-3000-4000 mah battery
not bad, i'll take it for $99 :) I've seen cheap-o tablets with those specs priced under $100 and performance is not bad. Sure it lags in some high intensity games but browsing, watching vids, is not a bad experience. :)
5. Victor.H (Posts: 410; Member since: 27 May 2011)
It seems that Google has finally once and for all dealt with the lag in Jelly Bean and Android 4.1 and later would make even older hardware look good.
I'd bet on at least a dual-core processor and higher-res screen, but let's see :)
12. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Yeah I was lowering my expectations :) Dual-core and a higher res screen would be awesome but the specs I listed is already great for a $99 tablet.
I know it's too much but I'm hoping for HDMI though. Some of those cheap-o tablets I'm referring too have HDMI and I'm thinking of dishing off my dedicated video player (which can't even play mkv, divx/avi) and just get an android tablet with HDMI.
$99 price tag, HDMI, android OS = all-in-one entertainment showcase.....just add speakers :p
22. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
They already. Have great China tablets w/ 7" 800x480 capacitive 1ghz, 512mb ram, 4gb storage with micro SD card expansion for $65.... Google will go dual core 1024x600 display jellybean, then this tablet will kill they rest
10. predator93 (Posts: 121; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
It would be better if it has 4 GB internal memory, micro sd slot and 768 MB or 1 GB ram.
8. MeoCao (unregistered)
I don't think a $99 tablet can be a good one unless it is ad supported.
9. talknology (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Oct 2012)
If this plays out, as it could well do (but December somehow seems way too premature - can't imagine the thinking behind this from a Google/Google-supported perspective) then I imagine this will supercede many buying ambitions for the Kindle Paperwhite.
Not because it would make a better reader, which of course it would not - but because people love the appeal of new shiny things and in my experience will go for devices that do it all in a mistaken belief they does everything well.
Great article, folks!
11. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
The current 8 gig N7 can be sold for $100 once its successor arrives
13. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Workable. Chinese 7inch tab (1G RAM,1.2Ghz CPU, 8G storage with sdcard expansion slot) are available for around $130 retail and they do work fine. Volumes can bring costs down further.
14. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
didnt Google say it was not happening last week?
18. CreeDiddy (Posts: 231; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
I am not Apple Fanboy, but why make this business move when you don't have to. Yes, it benefits the consumer and I am not complaining and drives the cost down for future tablets because of competition.
There will be absolutely "ZERO" profit as this is shrude move to create market share rather than profits. This will be a bad business decision that will effect Google long term in the tablet market. Think about what this does to Google needs to focus on better advertising and unify all of their partners and manufacturer's to eliminate fragmentation and streamline their OS distribution. That is what will create bigger opportunity for Android and Google, but not slashing price.
Look back at the liquidation sale of the HP TouchPad. Flew off the shelves, but once people got them in their hands and realized how poorly it performed it wasn't worth buying them, but to root them to place Android on the OS. I see the same situation happening. As there will be corners cut just to meet demand, but will compromise on some features that many people are enjoying on their smartphones.
20. rallyguy (Posts: 538; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Amazon has done this for years with the Kindle. They make their money of items bought with the tablet such as books, magazines, music, videos. Same here.
19. CreeDiddy (Posts: 231; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
I wanted to add this line:
"Think about what this does to Google's relationship with their tablet manufacturer's. Not a good business decision on Google's part."
21. rallyguy (Posts: 538; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Well if Samsung is building it, they are obviously fine with it. Samsung is going to make a profit.
23. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)
with the Kindle fire HD the ipad mini and the nexus 7 price will drop to 150.00 and a 99.00 tablet?.. now we will see homeless people holding their "will work for food" signs on a tablet... on the bright side they will run the latest and greatest from Google
25. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Awesome. I'm def pulling the trigger on a 7 once the price drops.