Google and Asus won't be releasing a $99 (£61) Nexus 7 tablet, the second of those two partners has insisted. Somewhere on the internet, someone has suggested that the pair have just such a plan in mind. The $199/£159 price point will be maintained for a higher spec model, goes the theory, while the pared-back entry-level model …
$100 is doable
There are Android 4.0 tablets selling for $50 wholesale. Despite their cost they're not actually bad featuring SD slots, HDMI out, 1.5GHz processors, capacitive touch. The worst thing about them is probably their screens and the iffy quality of the firmware. There are replacement firmwares though.
So I expect that a single CPU Nexus could be produced that retailed for $99 with an official Google firmware. It might have to have LCD instead of IPS screen and might have to differentiate itself by offering 4GB instead of 8GB but it would be completely possible to do.
Re: $100 is doable
I got this as a freebie, but retails at €79
Does the job for a bit of browsing, I watched a fair bit of online olympic coverage on it and has handy ports.
Photos or movie on a US stick? Just plug and play...
And you don't mind your little kids playing with it
Tightly tied to the play shop?
"hopes to make selling content through its Google Play shop to which the Nexus 7 is tightly tied."
I wouldn't say the Nexus 7 is tightly tied to anything. I installed the Amazon Appstore(tm) - *snigger* without any kind of fight, no rooting required, just check the box to say "I want to install from sources other than the Play Store".
Now the Kindle *is* tied to the Amazon Appstore.
As for trimming the N7 to make a $99 tablet, I can't see it being the success the original N7 is. Dropping the screen resolution and removing the GPS would reduce it to yet another crippled budget tablet. The screen resolution, GPS and bluetooth were the big tick boxes I'd been waiting for on a budget tablet.
I'd say they would be better off making the 3G version which was rumoured a while back. Although for me that is not an issue. Plenty of wifi points for me to access, with very occasional tethering when required have kept mine happily fed with data since the 4th of August.
If these become available at $100/£100 I would order one tomorrow as a portable tablet when I don't want/need to carry my Asus Transformer around with me. Would also be easier to carry on the bike.
At the current price I still want one, but £100 would be a no brainer.
Who do you believe?
PFY spreading a rumour?
Google for not suing PFY?
Asus for stating it's codswallop?
My money is on Asus - after my dealings with Google though I wouldn't believe a word they say (personal view of course)
Re: Who do you believe?
Perhaps it's a rumour started by Apple.
If everyone thinks the Nexus 7 price is about to be reduced they will stop buying them in advance of the reduction, hurting Googles sales.
The Apple launches their 7 inch tablet and try to corner the market.
If, they added ...
external SD capability it might be interesting.
USB Storage on the Nexus 7
There's an app available in the Play Store that allows you to access content on a USB stick when used with a USB On-The-Go cable (you don't need to root your Nexus 7).
(They have a free photo viewer app that you can use to test the functionality before paying for the full version).
Now if only I could access the audio streams on certain media organizations that use a Flash based media "player".
It's been done already...
It's called the Hipstreet Aurora. It's just $80 at my local Mall*Wart. It's *exactly* the same as the Nexus 7 - except it's slightly worse in every possible way.
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