Google might release a $99 Nexus tablet by end-2012
Both new Nexus 7 models are said to use Twisted Nematic (TN) display panels manufactured by HannStar Display of Taiwan. That is the same company that we've heard recently appear on Apple's list of vendors.
The new Nexus tablets will allegedly be made jointly by Asus and Google, and while Asus has denied those initial reports, we really hope that there is a grain of truth in that. Why, you might wonder, though? The most obvious reason is the expected launch of the iPad mini, a rumored 7.85-inch more affordable tablet by Apple. The $99 Nexus might be an attempt to compete at even lower price points.
We've definitely seen Chinese makers be able to manufacture sub-$100 tablets some of which with decent (not stellar) performance. With falling chip prices, and by cutting some corners, it does seem possible. What do you think?
1. wendygarett (unregistered)
25. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
i think nexus 5.5.... just like a note but no phone function! maybe they want to destroy cheap chinese products too!!!
but i wish 2 cameras this time atleast VGA front and 3MP on back to keep is cheap price!
build by motorola! :)
3. MeoCao (unregistered)
And Google must take charge to conquer 10" tablet market too.
4. Seymur (unregistered)
6. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
That is why Apple still holds roughly 70% market share, Windows 8 and Kindle Fire will (continue to) rise: no competition ideas except "lets make it even cheaper".
9. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Cheaper with more features and functionality ! ;-)
10. MeoCao (unregistered)
You are wrong, thanks to N7 the market share of Android tablets increased hugely. N7 paves the way to other Android tablets by creating a more robust ecosystem.
With iPad so dominant price is powerful tool of Android to compete, and the users reap the benefits, that includes iPad users too.
14. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)
Google is making affordable tablet not cheaper.
17. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
there is a difference between affordable and cheap
hate to break it to ya, but the N7 costs as much as the ipad to build, has more functionality, and is 1/3rd the price.
the only thing your "getting" from apple is a bigger bill. your helping them make trillions.. your not actually getting anything better out of it.
24. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
70% before the N7. I'll bet you a 100 dollars market share flips for Apple. They will be the least of the tablet market share. Why? Simple Windows and Android is an OS. Apple really isn't. One device vs many. It's just a matter of time before Apple loses market share.
7. Nahomjms (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)
Price doesn't matter to me, what matters most is performance. And some other stuff that i use and so ipadmini would be my choice:-D
22. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
So, you checked your crystal ball and now you now that the unreleased never seen before ipad mini performs way better than the speculated half price nexus 7... I should get one of those!
8. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Nexus is the way to go!
Awesome price for a nexus device.
11. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Omfg , finally I can open a shop full of tablets ....awwwwyeaaa
13. bubbadoes (Posts: 365; Member since: 03 May 2012)
At 8 gigs, the $199 Nexus 7 is missing a rear camera and SD storage...to compensate for low price...What will a $99 Nexus tablet be missing? Come on $99...you will deteriorate your image by doing this...If you want a $99 tablet get one of those Colby's at QVC or something and put on a 6 month payment plan.....
15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
My nexus 7 has usb host functionality. Who needs sd cards? I just plug in my 64gb flash drive.
16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1385; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
I think the current 8 gb N7 might be Sold for $100 Once a successor arrives
18. yajia1 (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
What? $99? What would it be like? Can't even imagine the cheapness. I'd rather buy a N7 at $149 if the N7 with 3g comes out.
20. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I wouldn't be surprised if it were the 8GB Nexus 7 that drops to $99 with the intro of a 3G+camera (and maybe 32GB) version. Not sure Google would want to annoy early adopters like that though.
26. yajia1 (Posts: 112; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)
Yeah. Just leave that job to Samsung and HTC.
19. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
It sounds like they might be making affordable school/ereader tablets. You could probably get a dual core with like 1 gig of memory and a semi decent 6-7 inch screen made for around $100. If they lose a bit on the parts, they could make it back in cuts from ebook sales.
21. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
$99 just seems too cheap. They should go for $149 as their next price threshold, then maybe $99 in the near future. It be best if the industry takes baby steps in price dropping at this point, as such a drastic drop may have to mean much less grade of manufacturing and materials, which is going to lead to a bad consumer experience.
23. CreeDiddy (Posts: 348; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
What they should do is drop the price of the Nexus 7 and come out with Nexus 7 II. That would be most logical to strategy to help with margin, without needing to retool or loose much margin on their products.