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Are we getting a cheaper Nexus 7?

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According to some rumors, Google wants to offer a tablet for those with shallower pockets, priced at around $99. The tablet would be similar to the current Nexus 7, produced by Asus, but it would have weaker hardware. How did we reach the hardware characteristics? On the web appeared a GLBenchmark for a certain tablet under the name "Asus ME172V", which some consider to be a future entry-level Nexus 7 (or one that has been assigned the name) from Asus’ workshops.

By this benchmark is seems that the tablet has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, the processor runs at 1 GHz, there is 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal flash memory and a battery capacity of 4270 mAh. On the tested tablet, there is a microSD slot. Remember, the current Nexus 7 is not expandable in such a way; there is no SD card slot. The operating system is Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean on these tested tablets.
It should be noted that Asus, in September, denied that Google is developing a cheaper version of the Nexus 7, and there has been rumors that Google is working on a new Nexus, which it will develop in collaboration with Asus. Under whatever trademark it comes to market, we can expect a new Asus tablet with modest characteristics and an accordingly lower price.

[Ed – nVidia showed off a tablet at CES 2012 that was aimed at the lower end price of $149.99. It was not a Google product though so it is possible that this tablet could be what we saw then, but with even lower specifications. This would fit nicely into the 7-inch market at the bottom. A fully featured tablet like this could impact sales from companies like Amazon and Barnes and Nobel (actually Microsoft).]

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Last modified on Sunday, 02 December 2012 15:49

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