Android bargain-hunters have once again been thrown the juiciest of bones this week, as rumors gather momentum that Google is indeed lining up a staggeringly affordable $99 Google Nexus 7 Tablet for release in 2013. According to sources cited by Digitimes, the project is well and truly underway and could reach fruition in a matter of weeks
The latest round of supposed leaked reports suggest that along with sporting an incredibly slender price-tag, the $99 Nexus 7 will itself be an altogether sleeker and thinner beast than the current Nexus Tablets. This is apparently due to Google’s manufacturing partner ASUS using new glass-film-film, of GFF technology which not only produces thinner panels, but also keeps costs to a minimum.
This in turn would seem to suggest that the earlier notion of a Google Nexus 7 shipping for just $99 is certainly a possibility, though realistically we’ve been warned to expect a not exactly unreasonable price of around $149. Given the fact that the initial 8GB $199 version of the Nexus 7 was discontinued some time ago, there is a rather glaring gap for something just like this superbly affordable model to come along and fill.
That being said however, the standard Google Nexus 7 with 16GB of storage that is on the market right now is achieving the most astonishing sales and has only grown in popularity month after month since its release date. As such, would it really make any sense for Google to release an even cheaper version to cannibalize sales of its existing tablet?
Not right now perhaps, but give it a few months until the Nexus 7 has pretty much had its day/year/year in the spotlight and a new version available for practically pocket change will likely prove the perfect novelty to shift a few million more units.
…perhaps as a super-cheap rival to the iPad Mini 2.