When rumors of a Google Nexus 10 and an LG Nexus 4 began circulating several months ago, millions became convinced that we’d see another device share the very same release date – an even more affordable version of the Google Nexus 7. We now know that this didn’t come to pass and we instead got the above two with the addition of a tweaked Google Nexus 7, but sometimes a good rumor simply will not give up and play dead.
As of this week, whispers are once again growing of a $99 Google Nexus 7 release date in the pipeline for the near future, with a new rundown of the specs and features to expect should the so-called “leaks” hold water…pun intended.
The reports originate from a sighting via GLBenchmark which appeared to show a Nexus 7 which didn’t quite live up to its bigger brothers in terms of specs, features and grunt under the hood. If accurate, the $99 Google Nexus 7 will launch with a considerably less-speedy 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4,270mAh battery and Android version 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Running the show.
No clarification was offered as to the exact type of processor or number of cores, but it can be assumed that the most likely suspect would be a dual-core chip as a single core would be far too sluggish and quad-core would rule out the $99 price-tag…probably.
In comparison, the $199 Google Nexus 7 sports a quad-core Tegra 3 processor backed by 1GB of RAM and with Android 4.2 Jelly bean at the helm. This entry-level version of the Nexus 7 with 8GB of storage was discontinued by Google last month and has since been replaced with the newer 16GB version, which at $249 now represents the bottom end of the range.
As such, this leaves a gap wide open for the likes of a $99 Google Nexus 7 with stripped back specs, which if Google manages to somehow get onto the market before Christmas will no doubt become the biggest stocking-stuffer of the year.
We’d advise not holding your breath until at least January, mind.