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Looking for a tablet? There's no doubt that the current variety (and rumors) can leave a consumer feeling overwhelmed. With the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini supposed to launch in the coming months, there's more choices than ever now for someone looking to pick up a touchscreen-computing device. And if you're strapped for cash - there's good news, Google just may have a $99 tablet out by the end of 2012, according to website Digitimes.
Digitimes reports that industry sources have informed them that Google is working up two new versions of their popular Nexus 7 tablet. Apparently they will be thinner, and use TN panels from HannStar Display.
One version will should be priced at $99, and the other at $199. DigiTimes also reports that its sources indicated this could be a move against the rumored iPad Mini.
With a price tag of $99, Google is going to make it tough for consumers deciding between tablets. Sure, there's the iPad, with all its Apple glory and solid construction, but for a whole $400 cheaper, Google is looking to make your bucks count - not that it already hasn't.
The latest iPad runs at $499 and is the tablet standard. But last year, Amazon released a smaller, 7-inch Kindle Fire for the lower price of $199. Its success proved that consumers are interested in a cheaper tablet to lug around. That's where Google came in earlier this year - introducing a $199 tablet with its latest Android operating system, Jelly Bean.
The iPad Mini was expected to debut at $249. But a look at the new iPod Touch price ($299) means that it could be higher, as high as $399. People waiting for a cheaper iPad may just find themselves drawn to Google if it continues to offer cheaper, solid tablets.s
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