$99 Android tablets could come as soon as Q3

$99 Android tablets could come as soon as Q3
Get ready for an onslaught of super-cheap Android tablets, because word has it they will start hitting store shelves later this year. We already knew that the Asus MeMo Pad HD is on the way, but a new report from DigiTimes is saying that will be the first of many, including a number of 7" Android tablets that will cost just $99.

The Asus MeMo Pad HD 8GB model is planned to launch at just $129. According to DigiTimes, "many brand vendors are interested in how Asustek was able to offer its tablet at US$129 and feel pressured by the price." As a result, there will likely be a number of brand $99 Android tablets coming by Q3. DigiTimes also says the price competition will impact white-box devices, and some chipmakers have dropped shipment forecasts from over 100 million chips to the white-box market to only 80-90 million in 2013.

Of course, there had been persistent rumors last year that Google was planning to offer a $99 Nexus 7 model, but that never came to pass. The component costs have come down though, so we can't help but wonder if Google will be part of the $99 push. 

source: DigiTimes

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9 Comments

1. ripp747

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Bring them on please.

2. posthardcore29

Posts: 20; Member since: May 05, 2013

Less memory. Less RAM. Less processor = Less Specs More the screen size And More the Lag. For $99 did you buy it?

6. ihatesmartphone unregistered

NO!! But certainly in that kind of price, it will make a BIG HIT!!

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

im guessing Mediatek Quad core processors , 1 or 2 GB of RAM , vga front ,5 mp rear , card slot , 8 or 16 GB storage ,720p IPS pannel or 1024x600 IPS pannel so its not going to be that bad

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Quite a lot of people will buy them, because most consumers aren't obsessed with specs.

4. WM6.5Sucks

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Hmmm? You're late man, their already here....http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nextbook-8-Table​t-with-8GB-Memory-and-Google-Mobile-Services/23554​123

5. shreehari

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

these things already came in india a year ago with a specs which r not bad

8. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Below $99 Android tablets have been available in India and China for quite a while now. Most come with ICS , but are OK and get most things done. There were even ultra cheap ones which used to come with resistive touch screens, but dont seem to be around now.

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