Google’s introduction of a $199 Android tablet may have taken the market by storm but if you think this is a steal, you should hear the new rumor – that Google may actually release a $99 Android tablet with a 7 inch screen, most likely another edition of Nexus 7. According to Digitimes, Google may have teamed up with Asus again to come up with a new Nexus 7 that will be half the price of the currently cheapest Nexus 7 which retails at $199 in Google Play store and the new tablet may be ready for market later this year.
Google may also be working on a new thinner Nexus 7 that will retail at $99 and may launch it alongside the new cheaper $99 Nexus 7. Both tablets are rumored to come with HannStar Display panels which are said to offer clearer, more detailed and more responsive screens. There are no much details about the new Nexus 7 tablets so far but what we can predict, if the rumor is indeed true, is that Google’s and Asus’ secret is in using cheaper components to keep the costs of production as low as possible to manage such a price.
The current $249 and $199 nexus 7 tablets have won the hearts of many people, that is why Nexus 7 remains the most preferred tablet in the market today. Its quality is beyond reproach and although it is missing a few features such as rear camera, its build is certailnly worth the pricing it sells for.
If Google and Asus can maintain the build quality of the new $99 Nexus 7 at par with the current Nexus, then this would be an amazing feat and will revolutionize the tablet market. Android’s sworn enemy, Apple, is said to be working on a cheaper 7 inch mini-tablet and may be released before the holiday season to compete with Nook tablet series, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD tablet series and the new Nexus 7 may be Google’s strategy to undercut Apple’s new development even before release.
What we already know is that it costs about $150 to produce a current Nexus 7 tablet, it would be interesting to know how Google plans to slash this cost by $100 to sell the tablet for $99. For now, this is just a wild rumor, it may or may not be true. We just have to wait and see.