Can't count to 7? Google may have a Nexus tablet for you

Can't count to 7? Google may have a Nexus tablet for youThe Google Nexus 7 may not be your cup of tea, but it's great value and is taking Android and tablets to places they've never been before. My parents are even getting one – and they've never used either of those things before.

But on the back of claims a few months back that there are actually more Nexus devices in the pipelines that we've seen so far, rumours have surfaced again that Google's true “cheap” tablet may still be on the way.

The original suggestion that Google had an even cheaper Nexus tablet lined up first surfaced a month ago, when DigiTimes claimed two new versions of the Nexus 7 were being developed using cheaper HannStar TN displays – rather than the IPS LCD of the existing model.

That, plus other cutbacks, would halve the entry-level slate's price to just $99 (£60). The notion certainly got the tech world talking (as DigiTimes' claims often do), to the extent that Asus issued an official denial.

But has that quietened Digi down? Of course not. James Wang, a senior analyst with the affiliated DigiTimes Research, has repeated the original claim, and this time crucially after Google's recent Nexus-launching antics.

He says that entry-level Nexus tablet is still incoming, and will be the real game-changer – rather than the current Nexus 7, which is mainly about covering the moves of rivals such as Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and low-end Android OEMs in China.

When will it be announced? Beats me. And beats James too, it seems, cos he's not talking timeframes (though the original piece mentioned end of 2012).

As for a name, well it would have to go downwards wouldn't it? LG has broken the recent “number is the screen size” mould with the Nexus 4 smartphone, and recent rumours spoke of a lesser Nexus 3, still with a decent-sized touchscreen.

So is Google tweaking its number-naming system for good now and we can look forward to the $99 slate (if it exists) being called the Nexus 6? Let's not forget it would actually be a return to how it all started with the Nexus One.

Or will we go back to word-based variations like it being called the Eee Pad Nexus? So many questions...

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Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 11:27

Well they weren't likely to call it the Nexus 4.7. So it does broadly fit.

Impressed that they countered the move by apple so far in advance.... and that the 7 is more about countering budget oems in china than a more budget nexus would be....

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 11:30

My parents are even getting one – and they've never used either of those things before.
Your parents never used a cup of tea?

Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:40

Would think now, per Christmas would be the time to launch such a tablet if they had plans to.

Doesn't fit well with interviews I've seen this week with Google talking about nexus line up though.

martinjjames / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 13:52

My parents are even getting one – and they've never used either of those things before.
Your parents never used a cup of tea?


Hahaha, no. They can never work out which end is which, and it just gets messy. It's why they've never bought a tablet before - would just be a write off what with all the tea flying around.

Some much-needed Monday humour - much obliged, sir :)

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