A UK retailer recently advertised a 32GB Google Nexus 7 and everybody knows it is almost as true as it may seem, though it still remains a mystery considering Google hasn’t released an official statement confirming such plan yet. The reported variant is said to be offered for£199.99 or around US$323 and was built by ASUS. This same rumor is also being circulated in tech communities in the US and after all those reports, it is easier to believe that the search titan is planning to hijack Apple iPad Mini’s sales by releasing a newer variant of its flagship.
As the buzz about the 32GB Google Nexus 7 tablets builds up, new rumors sprung suggesting a much cheaper Nexus device would also be hitting the US market in the fourth quarter. Google is allegedly working with a Taiwan-based manufacturer, Quanta, to produce a 99-dollar, low-end tablet. So, if these reports were true, there could be at least, two Nexus-branded devices that would be released before the holidays.
Google’s current Nexus 7 device has 8GB or 16GB options. If it were to pose a competition against Apple, releasing a 32GB variant is a logical step. However, to attract the people who might be looking for devices to serve as presents, the $99 Nexus would surely do the job well. Needless to say, Google wants to cover a huge portion of the tablet market as much as possible.
Apple is expected to introduce iPad Mini on October 23rd during a special media event in San Jose. According to reports, the device would cost around $499 to match its low-budget Android counterparts. Apparently, the company is going a bit lower just to attract tech enthusiasts and Apple fans that may be on a tight budget during the holidays. It also shows that big companies couldn’t just neglect the possibility of earning more before the year ends.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also getting ready for the debut of its first branded tablet, Microsoft Surface. It has been confirmed that the software giant would be offering its device starting $499, a price that’s often seen by many as a bit steeper than what was expected. But make no mistake, it seems like people are getting too curious about it that the supply falls short since Microsoft starts offering pre-orders a few days ago.
There is a war going on between these companies and it’s a good sign because as competition becomes stiff for them, consumers are the ones that would benefit from it. So, basically, we will have several options to choose from as far as tablet computers are concerned. To recap, both Apple and Microsoft will hold big media events this month to possibly announce their new device. On the other hand, Google has yet to issue a statement regarding the 32GB Google Nexus 7 and the rumored $99 Nexus to be built by Quanta.
Let’s wait and see if other manufacturers like Asus, Acer, HP, etc. will reveal new devices in the following weeks. Usually, it is this time of the year when manufacturers tell the people they have something in store for the holidays.
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