Google Nexus tablet may cost just $149, won’t have Tegra 3 CPU
The famous and oft-rumored Google Nexus tablet will be even cheaper than we previously thought. The tablet will be sold for $149-199, and it almost certainly won’t have a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. At least that’s what the latest rumor on the matter claims. Apparently, Asus (which will make the Nexus tablet) has even canceled its MeMo 370T tablet which it showed during CES this year.
The MeMo 370T was going to be a 7-inch tablet coming with Nvidia’s Tegra 3. It was going to cost a very cool $249. Previous rumors told us that the Nexus tablet Asus will make will basically be a cheapened version of that particular tablet. And now it looks like Google wants to go lower, price-wise, than even Amazon.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which will probably be the main competitor for the Nexus tablet, is sold for $199. Because of the Nexus tablet’s $149-199 price point, the Tegra 3 is out. Unfortunately we have no indication of what processor it will be replaced with. We certainly hope at least a dual-core unit will make it into the Nexus tablet, otherwise Google will look pretty bad in the specsheet war.
The Nexus tablet will be announced in May during CTIA, and strangely not in June during Google’s I/O developer conference. At least that’s what today’s rumor claims. It comes from a “senior employee at a supply chain company based in the United States”. That said, as with all rumors serve this one with a pinch of salt.