Will Google Launch a $99 Nexus 7 Tablet?

Paul Lilly

An even lower cost Nexus 7 tablet could be on the horizon.

Google seems to understand that the best way of promoting Android is through low-cost hardware that doesn't suck. Such is the case with the Nexus 4 smartphone (that seems to never be in stock) and the Nexus 7 tablet , the world's first official Jelly Bean device and arguably the only true competitor to the iPad (Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet owners might scoff at that notion). The Nexus 7 is already affordable, but might we see a $99 tablet from Google?

That's a very real possibility, according to DigiTimes and its un-named "industry sources." Those sources say Google and Asus are again collaborating on a Nexus tablet, and this time it will be a lower-cost model that could see the light of day as soon as the first quarter of January 2013.

Getting the cost down is no easy feat. One way the companies plan to do that is by bringing O-Film on boad to supply less expensive glass-film-film (GFF) touchscreen panels. Even still, analysts are skeptical that a Nexus 7 could be priced as low as $99; it's more likely to be in the neighborhood of $129 to $149.

The Nexus 7 currently sells for $199 (16GB, Wi-Fi), $249 (32GB, Wi-Fi), and $299 (32GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular).

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