Rumours of a $99 Nexus tablet materialise – is the tablet market ready for a shake up?

/ 4 years ago

Google’s $199 (in the US at least) Nexus 7 tablet that ASUS built for them, is not only a seriously awesome piece of technology, but it’s cheap, fast, reliable, and sports the latest and greatest mobile operating system from the Mountain View-based company, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Now we’re hearing rumors from DigiTimes that we could see a $99  Nexus-branded tablet in the near future. Better yet, two new tablets – not just one $99 model. It would be a newer, thinner device, but we’re probably staring down the barrel of it taking some serious chops to its hardware muscle to get the price down by half of the current $199.

If I had to guess, we’re probably looking at the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core SoC being ramped down, or removed – maybe to a dual-core design from a company like Qualcomm? A reduction in on-board storage? Down to 4GB possibly. We might also see this get locked into a two-year contract, too.

What would you like to see in a $99 Google Nexus tablet? Would you expect it to keep its 7-inch size? Or could we see a drop to 6-, or 5-inch?