Google's Nexus tablet might go as low as $149, Asus nixing its cheap MeMo tablet project for it

Google's Nexus tablet might go as low as $149, Asus nixing its cheap MeMo tablet project for it
Now this is a nutty rumor, that the eventual Google Nexus tablet might retail for $149, but it warms our hearts nonetheless. The newest quoted price range comes from supply chain insiders, and spans to $199, lowering the previous rumored $199-$249 bracket with $50.

If it keeps going like that, we might as well arrive at free in the end. The latest tip about the Nexus tablet also speculates that the Asus MeMo 370T, that adorable $249 7" Android slate with Tegra 3 we expected to be detailed at MWC, has instead been terminated, when Asus got picked by Google to produce its poster kid slate. Unfortunately the Tegra 3 bit seems to be out as well, which might explain the lowered price.

This supply chain source also mentioned that the cheap Google slate project is a "done deal", and even called it the "Nexus tablet". Honestly, even if such a thing lacks quad-core CPU, we won't be crying uncontrollably.

Asus makes some of the best Android slates, dual-cores still provide plenty of oomph for its purposes, and at $149-$199 with the full Google endorsement, this thing is bound to disrupt the tablet market.

source: AndroidandMe

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20 Comments

1. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

it may be free with contract of course..

2. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Agreed. I think this will make a powerful alternative to not only the Kindle Fire but the iPad. It would be interesting to see how a google experience tablet at that price range would play. I can imagine that it would drive down prices of other tablets and if they are really wel executed, undercut everything. though i doubt it would come with a high res screen as of yet.

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

They should make the Aakash 2 the Google Nexus Tablet so it would be $40 instead of $149.

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I'll definitely get one if its true, ofcourse..

5. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 2010

The ASUS Memo tablet being canned is believable considering since CES we haven't heard crap about it. Quad core Tegra 3 for $249 is too good of a deal to keep under wraps especially if you want to actually sell the thing when you release it. If they wait any longer people are going to start feeling that they're pulling a "TouchPad" release. If they try to release this thing at $149 and call it a full Google tablet, I'm questioning the quality they can build that with at that price. We already know the Kindle is pretty much selling for what it cost to build and that's without stuff like expandable memory, cameras, GPS, even external buttons. A Google tablet without that just ain't gonna make it. It would have to be a subsidized 3G/4G tablet for a $149 price point. Who wants to bet it comes out on T-Mobile first. LOL. In my opinion, the Asus Transformer Prime should have been the Nexus tablet.

6. dhruba

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

it can also be a rumor spread by the rivals to create high expectation and then break it

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Google devices are used as reference for developers. Packing a Tegra Quad Core, wouldn't make sense. Google will put specs that the Ice Cream Sandwich needs, nothing more or less.

8. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Sign me up!

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

at that price the homeless can now use this tablet to show their "work for food" sign

11. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Dude go troll somewhere else, get a life !

15. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I would but the Apple artcles are ful of haters. so i am here since there is room here..

20. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Stop thumbing yourself up chicken

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yeah that's right! All you poor people go flock to your android tablet. I paid 3 times that for my precious! Who's envious of me? In case you were wondering that was sarcasm. Honestly maybe the next new ipad should have dimensions of 12" x 3" x 3". Cuz apparently that's what an ipad is, a shiny, expensive d**k. These tablets at this point have really no more usefulness than a netbook, so to me they're first and foremost an entertainment device. If they could actually replace a desktop or even a laptop, I might consider them worthy of spending over $300. As they are they really aren't much better than a large media player with internet access. At least the one I chose has the ability to hook up external storage and can connect to a HDTV without adapters. If they have no way to expand the memory other than cloud than what really is the advantage (other than a larger screen) over a smartphone, most of which anymore can mirror their display on a larger display device?

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

says bill gates ...

10. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I rather they release Tegra 3 for 199$ - 249$ it will be a hot seller and Google Nexus brand tablet name will instant worldwide recognize

12. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This makes a lot of sense. I'm sure as soon as Asus got closer to sealing the nexus tablet deal the slower they pushed their memo tablet project. why create 2 tablets that would compete against each other? And as another obvious point, since Asus already has a blueprint down for the memo tablet, who's to say the won't use that as a base for the nexus tablet? I'd be okay with it. Whatever makes it easier for us to get a $150-250 amazing tablet. I'd totally be fine with dual-core too as long as it was a solid chipset. But no arguments for quad-core. No arguments at all.

13. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I bet Asus is getting a heck of a payout for that pricing, seeing as they price their own stuff in the $300-600 range Makes sense though, given the success of the Kindle Fire and Nook Color & Tablet

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

my playbook is getting old...need asus

18. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I love the Playbook but if this has the right specs I can see it easily causing my Playbook to be shelved. Probably give it to my wife as she likes it too.

19. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Pls take mine money and release it NOW!!!

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