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Asus denies that it is working on a $99 Google Nexus tablet

Posted: , by Alan F.


Asus denies that it is working on a $99 Google Nexus tablet
The Asus built Google Nexus 7

The Asus built Google Nexus 7

With competitor Amazon bringing a $159 7 inch tablet to the market, rumors on Thursday that Asus would deliver a $99 version of the Google Nexus 7 seemed to make sense. The holiday season was prime time for the Amazon Kindle Fire last year and the $199 price point brought in plenty of sales. The speculation was that with the $200 floor already broken, Asus would try its hand on taking out the $100 price floor with a new model. At the same time, a $199 ultra-thin model was also rumored to be released by Asus and Google.

Ironically, DigiTimes, the original source of Thursday's story, is the source behind a denial by Asus that it is working on these new tablets. While the denial specifically covers the $99 model and the ultra-thin model, it does not rule out new Asus built Google Nexus tablets coming for the 2012 holiday season.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 28 Sep 2012, 16:16 4

1. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

It's not ironic if one thing is stated which is cancelled by a new report later. You should know phonearena, you present things like that all the time.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 16:27 3

2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1105; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

I always thought it was too good to be the truth, at 99$ it would have a awful screen, awful processor, awful everything.

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 15:59 1

9. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1064; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Just because a manufacturer "denies it" does not mean it won't turn out to be true or at least somewhat true. Manufacturers deny unannounced products all the time. It's almost a given that if you ask a manufacturer if they are working on X device, they will say they have no idea what you are talking about. I'm not saying ASUS is working on such a device, but I'm saying that it doesn't mean they aren't working on a device either.

If it was aimed at the $100 mark, I would guess they could actually build one with a dual-core TI processor along with a 1024x600 display. It's not impossible, but you have to consider how many people would buy such a low-end device when they can pay $100 more for a pretty top-notch device. I'm guessing they are really working on a Nexus 7 II or Nexus 10 device. They may sell the old Nexus 7 for cheaper ($150 or less) when they finally do come out with the second version. Again, this is just my hypothesis. November can't come here any sooner.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 16:38 4

3. CreeDiddy (Posts: 581; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

If this is true, they need to lower the Nexus 7 to $99 and create the Nexus 7 II to $199 price point. That would make sense.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 17:18 1

4. nicholassss (Posts: 366; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Nexus 7 for a hundred bucks, I'd have no excuses to not buy one then.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 17:56 1

6. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I both agree and disagree with U, but the stupid sight as no yes & no thumbs up thumb :(

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 17:52

5. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Oh, of course you're not working on a $99 dollar tablet ;P

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 19:44 3

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1220; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

They need to build a $249 10 inch tablet.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 20:40 1

8. MeoCao (unregistered)

That would be nice, but I'll take even $300 N10

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