Google might release a $99 Nexus tablet by end-2012

Google might release a $99 Nexus tablet by end-2012
The $199 Google Nexus 7 tablet might seem affordable, but what about a new tablet by Google that will cost half of that, or $99? A new Nexus priced at just $99 might be coming by the end of 2012, along with a new model of the existing $199 Nexus 7, according to Taiwanese DigiTimes and its industry sources.

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?

source: DigiTimes

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26 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

Nexus 5?

25. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 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! :)

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

Nexus is the word, not nexut.

3. MeoCao unregistered

Go Google! And Google must take charge to conquer 10" tablet market too.

4. Seymur unregistered

Nexus 6.

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

" nexut "

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 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: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Cheaper with more features and functionality ! ;-)http://youtu.be/N3AFmthqarI

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: Sep 02, 2012

Google is making affordable tablet not cheaper.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Sep 17, 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

12. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

N7 is performing amazingly.

22. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 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: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Nexus is the way to go! Awesome price for a nexus device.

11. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Omfg , finally I can open a shop full of tablets ....awwwwyeaaa

13. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

My nexus 7 has usb host functionality. Who needs sd cards? I just plug in my 64gb flash drive.

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

I think the current 8 gb N7 might be Sold for $100 Once a successor arrives

18. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Yeah. Just leave that job to Samsung and HTC.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 2147; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

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