Rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 surfaced again today and it appears that Google might be gearing up to release a Nexus 7 armed with an 800MHz processor.
The new rumor comes from a report from hit-or-miss publication DigiTimes which reported the initial $99 Nexus 7 rumor. The publication says that Google is planning on releasing a $99 Nexus 7, a device that Asus denies exists, and that it will be putting it on the market at some point during the fourth quarter of this year, presumably before the holiday shopping season.
To keep the cost of the device that low, Google will apparently place a single-core 800 MHz Cortex-A9 CPU inside of the device. That 800 MHz processor is far less powerful than the Tegra 3 quad-core processor that is housed inside of the regular Nexus 7.
It’s unclear if Google would make any other changes to the Nexus 7 in an effort to keep the price low.
The $99 Nexus 7 is rumored to be joining a 32GB Nexus 7 model that may replace, or at the very least, take on the price point of the current 16GB Nexus 7 which retails for $249.99. It’s unclear what would happen to the other Nexus 7 that is currently on shelves, the 8GB variant, which retails for $199.99. As of right now, it appears that it may stay at that price point.
Neither device currently has a launch date or release date though the All Things D: Dive Into Mobile conference appears to be a possibility. Andy Rubin, Google’s Android head, will be speaking there. That day is already rumored to be the launch date for the new LG Nexus 4 smartphone and it could be that Rubin takes it a step further and reveals some new Nexus 7 hardware.
Google will be facing some intense opposition in the tablet realm this holiday season as Apple is widely believed to be announcing a new 7-inch iPad Mini at its October 23rd media event, set to take place in San Jose, California.
The iPad Mini, with its smaller screen size and likely smaller price will present serious competition to the Nexus 7 and it could be that a $99 Nexus 7 and 32GB option are Google’s temporary answer to it.