When Google launched Nexus 7, it received an overwhelming response. Like all the Nexus devices from Google, even the Nexus 7 comes with the best in class hardware and of course the latest version of Android. Nexus devices promise to offer pure Android experience, which means all the updates arrive to the device directly from Google, which also means no delays in the receiving updates, but what actually made the device popular, apart from the awesome hardware, is the fact that it came with a very reasonable price tag.
Nexus 7 was launched with a price tag of $199 for the 8 gig and $249 for the 16 gig version, and at that price point, it’s too good to pass. Recently, Google decided to drop the 8 gig version and reduce the price of 16 gig versions to $199, and they also launched 2 new 32 gig versions, one with 3G and one without. At $199, the 16 gig Nexus 7 is the best device your money can get, in fact if you dig for deals, you will be able to pick one for even cheaper.
ASUS Nexus 7 packs a healthy hardware package at a low price point, so it is possible to bring down the price even further if they wished to by packing in lower end hardware. The word on the internet is that Google and ASUS are working on a low-end nexus which will be packing a slightly low-end hardware specs and will come with a price tag of as low as $99. Sweet.
The spark is there and all we want is something that will fend the fire, and this time it’s GL Benchmark. According to the info from GL Benchmark, a tablet labeled as “ME172V”, which is said to be an ASUS tablet has appeared on benchmarks. If this is really the Nexus 7 built to hit the $99 price point, it is listed as having a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a 4270mAh battery. Going by the benchmark, there is something fishy about it because the tablet is listed as running Android 4.1.1, which is a bit odd considering that it’s a Nexus device and as you know, Nexus devices always run the latest software. It would be more believable if the device was running Android 4.2 or 4.2.1 for that matter. Another reason to doubt the benchmark is that the device is listed to have a microSD card slot, and as we know, none of the Nexus devices come with that piece of hardware. Yes, the hardware of microSD card slot may be cheap, but the $15 licensing fee that the manufacturer has to pay Microsoft for licensing exFAT file system isn’t, and it would be impossible to achieve the $99 price tag that the rumors are talking about if the device does have a microSD card slot.
What are your thoughts on this news? Do you think Google is really working on such a device?