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Rumor: Sources Say Google Will Release A New $99 Nexus Tablet In Q4

Eric McBride
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According to a Taiwan supply chain maker, Google is set to unveil a new Nexus tablet this holiday season that will cost just 99 US dollars. Could this be a response to the upcoming release of the iPad mini?

According to the supply chain, the tablet will sport an ARM single core processor (8950) produced by WonderMedia, and will sport an HUVA TN panel manufactured by HannStar display. Quanta Computer, a Taiwan based company, will reportedly produce the tablet.

When Quanta was asked if this were true, they declined to comment.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this. While the Nexus 7 is indeed a very inexpensive tablet, it still has great hardware to back it up. This device seems like a big step backwards, and I’m just not sure how I feel about Google releasing 1Ghz Nexus devices in 2012. I think we’re a bit past such technology.

This could all just be one big rumor, and until we hear some type of confirmation from Google, or an OEM, you’re probably better off taking this one with a grain of salt.

What do you guys think about a single core 99 dollar Nexus tablet? Could it be real, or is it just another Nexus rumor that we shouldn't take too seriously?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Picture credits: Android Authority

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  • eric Oct 17, 2012 Link

    1G??? that's nothing lbvs

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  • ljhaye Oct 17, 2012 Link

    I hope this is a sick joke. I'm tired of the garbage 7" market perpetuated by the Kindle Fire. Google needs to move upstream and focus on developing a real iPad killer or Surface competitor because if they don't Android will be just a phone operating system and noncompetitive as the iOS and Windows 8 OS's become true cross device platforms. Cheaper isn't always better I don't know anybody interested in any 7" tablet all I hear is iPad or I need a bigger screen tablet.

    I think the tablet market (apps included) will be the true inflection point of the Android platform Google wants to copy Apple, well copy them and stop with the cheaper garbage. Take time out and work with Motorola to build a truly competive phone and tablet combination that syncs flawlessly like the iPad with iPhone and MacBook Air. I watched one of my buddies create a reminder with Siri on iPad three and then access everything from his iPhone in his car and printed the list from his MacBook air. Android can’t do that yet but it needs to. Google NEEDS to get this done and stop with these throw away garbage tablet offerings.

    By the way I include Nexus 7 as a garbage tablet because I need cellular data in 2012/2013 not Wi-Fi only as my tablet needs to travel with me.

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  • Sean Foster Oct 17, 2012 Link

    I'm not sure that this will see the light of day.

    If it does then I don't see it intended to compete even with an iPad mini. It's too low end.

    It could be part of a marketing strategy to saturate the market and make tablets, in some form, available to all.

    It's not for me. I could see it as the first proper, inexpensive, tablet for a young child. Or entry level for the not so well off.

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  • Gio A. Oct 17, 2012 Link

    Even if this might not be true, 1 ghz is very little compared to the dual and quad core beast there are now.Even my first tablet witch was a 100 euros budget tablet had a 1.2 ghz cortex A9.

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  • PatPion Oct 17, 2012 Link

    If this is true, its truly disappointing!

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  • Patrick R. Oct 17, 2012 Link

    A USD 99.00 tablet actually makes a lot of business sense, from the market saturation perspective. Not every one can afford the top-of-the-line-absolutely-latest device. In fact although everyone may want it, not everyone would be willing to pay USD500 and up for it - this is even if they can afford it. Of the 100 mil Samsung phones shipped in Q2 of 2012, how many were S3s and Notes? 30 or 40 mil? Fact is, Samsung dominates the mobile industry NOT with the S3 or Note - it's with the Galaxy Ace, W and Y along with the Bada line and all its entry to mid range level phones. We are all caught up in the iPhone vs S3 vs Note 2 vs One X vs Razr Maxx HD that we fail to realize that Samsung's commercial success is not built on the top of the line range - rather on the entry to mid level devices. Google simply recognizes that (i hope) and seeks to address that segment of the market. Not every release has to be jaw dropping or eye popping. It is disappointing for enthusiasts like us, BUT it will be a welcome release for some who have been stuck with some cheap ¤ss china tablet that will never see ICS much less JB. A good majority of cell phone users actually happily tap away on their Galaxy Ace or Wildfire and their Corby or ZTE tablet - hopefully they'll be doing it on a bonafide Nexus device soon.

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  • Imran Oct 17, 2012 Link

    I like it. Not every one can buy surface or ipad. Think in diffrent countries economic status.

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  • Glostermeteor Oct 17, 2012 Link

    I also think its a good move, I just spent 380 GBP on an Asus Transformer Pad but only because it replaced my laptop. I wouldnt be willing to spend that much on a device that is only a pc\mac accompaniment. Bring it on......xmas is going to be full of new things to look at

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  • Anna F. Oct 17, 2012 Link

    Please Google, at least make it dual-core! A big company like Google releasing such a low end device would only end up hurting their reputation. Google must become synonymous with quality just like Apple is. If they do release a cheap tablet though, I'm sure my dad would buy it as he recently bought a 7" Chinese tablet that runs Froyo and has a RESISTIVE screen and he says it does everything he wants it to do..

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  • colsec Oct 17, 2012 Link

    I must agree this is a very smart and tactical move from google (if true). Even if you consider this a low end device there is a huge market out there, just this side of xmas, that would find such a device more than capable performance wise for all their tasks and also extremely affordable. How high-end of a device does your girlfriend need? a single core 512mb processor is definately wasted on my missus. this device has the potenetial two entice millions to try it. if google loose 1 dollar on every device than this still a great business move!

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    DaBartonator Oct 19, 2012 Link

    I would expect this from come u-heard of asian knock off company but google!? Come on!

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