The Asus Nexus 7 is finally here, and looks set to dominate the 7in tablet market with a sexy price tag, international availability, and full access to the Android Market – or “Google Play” as we’re s’posed to call it.
And that’s the end of that, right? Well, not if Apple has anything to say about it. Yeah, those iPad mini rumours are back.
With the Asus Nexus 7 weighing in at £159 and £199 (8GB/16GB), pretty much half the price of the iPad 2 and third gen iPad respectively, some suggest that Apple has to launch a budget iPad mini.
Or does it? Another train of thought is that the pricey iPad and its budget 7in rivals can coexist. After all, they’re massively different products at massively different price points.
Also, Apple isn’t exactly renowned for pandering to those with modest wallets. Its idea of a budget smartphone is the iPhone 3GS at £319. Incidentally, it’s three years old this month.