Its only three months since the official unveiling of Asus made Google Nexus 7 tablet and the rumor mills are now churning about another tablet from the same partnership which is expected to be launched in Q4 2012.
According to a latest Digitimes report, Google and Asus are rumored to be working on a $99 Nexus tablet, which is slated to be released during the Christmas season.
The report claims that the tablet will come with an ARM-architecture based single-core processor developed by China-based WonderMedia Technologies, and a 7 inch HUVA TN panel (1024x800 or higher resolution) made by Taiwan-based HannStar Display.
At the same time, Google is also rumored to launch a 32GB Nexus 7 ahead of the holiday season for a price tag of £199.99 ($323, which is approx. Rs 17,000).
However, Quanta declined to comment and Asus, the manufacturer of Nexus 7 indicated that it has no plans to launch US$99 Nexus.
If Google could introduce a $99 Android tablet, it will definitely be a good buy as compared to the other tablets including the new Kindle Fire and Nook HD. The lower price tag will also encourage the consumers to buy it and upgrade their devices.
Moreover a Nexus 7 tablet for under $100 (approx. Rs 5,200) would be a great competitor to the Apple iPad – the major dominator in the global tablet market as it is about one fifth the price of the latter.
Also, if Google comes out with such an inexpensive tablet at $99 (approx. Rs 5,000), the low cost tech manufacturers in India coming up with budget tablets will surely face a stiff competition.