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Old 09-27-2012, 10:48 AM   #1
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Google reportedly set to offer a $99 Nexus tablet later this year

Google reportedly set to blow open the tablet market later this year with $99 Nexus tablet

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Google (GOOG) and its hardware partner ASUS are reportedly planning to launch a new $99 Nexus tablet this year that could open up the tablet market to a massive new group of consumers. The report comes from Digitimes on Thursday, and it cites unnamed industry sources in claiming two new Nexus tablets are currently in the works.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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I would be very interested in seeing what kind of specs they'd toss into something that inexpensive.

I'll be keeping an eye out for this one. Exciting stuff.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:16 AM   #3
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OMG it's even cheaper than Kindle Paperwhite I wonder how this could affect the tablet market.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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OMG it's even cheaper than Kindle Paperwhite I wonder how this could affect the tablet market.
I would imagine it would be mania from heaven for users, lower prices across the board and more functionality and bang for the buck.

Price wars are good for the consumers and not so much for the stockholders.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:43 AM   #5
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Since I have a laptop, a smartphone, and an e-ink reader, I haven't seen a tablet as a necessity item. I still don't, however, for $99 why not, if the specs were somewhat decent. I'd even overlook the lack of an SD card slot.
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Old 09-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #6
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So far it's only a rumour, and it could be the price of the 3G version once subsidized by carriers.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:14 PM   #7
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...mania from heaven...
My ex-wife had that.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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If this really comes to pass, I would jump on it in a heartbeat for my son, who is 7. I have been hoping to get him something cheap and relatively small for books, movies, games, etc., so he'll leave my iPad alone.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:22 PM   #9
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OMG it's even cheaper than Kindle Paperwhite I wonder how this could affect the tablet market.
The *tablet* market?
If real (Humongous *if*) it would put an end to the Android crap-pad market in whatever regions it ships to.
It would consolidate the low end of the market into the Nexus brand and strengthen the generic Android ecosystem against the challenge of the Fire and Nook forks.

A good question is what *size* the tablet woulld be and what specs it would have.

A bit more interesting is the mention off a *second* new model.
It might be an update to the Nexus 7 but more likely a 9-10incher.
Now *that* would be fun to see: a $299 Fire/Nook equivalent Nexus 9.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #10
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Since I have a laptop, a smartphone, and an e-ink reader, I haven't seen a tablet as a necessity item. I still don't, however, for $99 why not, if the specs were somewhat decent. I'd even overlook the lack of an SD card slot.
I'm pretty much in the same boat. I've been keeping an eye on cheap tablets and cross-referencing at xda in case I come across a gem at a justifiable price since I don't actually need one. A Google tablet at that price point would be just the thing to make me finally hit the "buy" button.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:14 PM   #12
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Looks like Google took a page out of Microsoft's corporate playbook... when caught flat-footed, engage in FUD. For the uninformed, FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) is when a company promises or leaks a rumor of a product that will be better than what is currently available in the hopes of influencing potential customers of those competing products to wait for the as-yet-to-be-released product.
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Looks like Google took a page out of Microsoft's corporate playbook... when caught flat-footed, engage in FUD. For the uninformed, FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) is when a company promises or leaks a rumor of a product that will be better than what is currently available in the hopes of influencing potential customers of those competing products to wait for the as-yet-to-be-released product.
Do you know for a fact that Google spread the rumour? It's an honest question.
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Do you know for a fact that Google spread the rumour? It's an honest question.
I will say that in the tablet arena, rumors come true more often than not.

I think that it is wonderful.

I keep remaking my Christmas gift list. (Well except for that one guy who only wants calendars of the most sorted variety.)
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