Second-gen Google Nexus 7 expected next month, but is the price going up?

Second-gen Google Nexus 7 expected next month, but is the price going up?

DigiTimes' record when it comes to crystal ball gazing is far from perfect, but when it comes to fellow Taiwanese firm Asus its tips tend to be pretty reliable.

And today it claims to be privy to some hot Nexus 7-related news, namely that the second generation of the Asus-made tablet is launching next month, but won't be as cheap as some have predicted.

Together with the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Nexus 7 has finally established a blueprint for success for small-screened Android tablets since arriving on the scene late last year.

The main component is a sub-£200 price tag, but while that was breaking new ground a year ago, these days plenty of tablets are priced in the £150-£200 bracket – and some are coming in below that.

Yet despite previous rumours suggesting Google and Asus were cooking up an even more affordable second edition Nexus 7, DigiTimes' sources now say the tablet reboot will actually be slightly pricier than the current model.

Previous rumours also told us the revised Nexus 7 would be announced at Google I/O, incidentally, so there's every chance pricing info was wide of the mark too.

Specifically, the word is that we'll see a revised 16GB Nexus 7 launching next month for $229 – that's $30 more than the equivalent current model (which costs £159 in pounds).

The idea seems to be to establish the Nexus 7 as a premium product at the cheaper end of the tablet market, rather than trying to compete with endless so-called white box devices in a race to the bottom price-wise.

Spec-wise, suggestions have included a bump to a 1'920 x 1'200-pixel display, a 4,000mAh battery and a 5MP rear camera. Should that prove to be the case, Google might just get away with that modest price bump.

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mrew42  Jun. 14, 2013 at 14:39

If I didn't know better I would swear this was an advert.......
Oh and 65% more screen space? Give over.
form factor aside the most it would be is about 46 %

Stelph  Jun. 15, 2013 at 06:14

I think google would be wise to bring out a nexus 8 as well, since really that would be closer to the ipad mini and would instantly eliminate the "estra viewing space" argument that apple use in the mini over the nexus. It probably shouldn't replace the 7 tho as that still has its place with people who travel a lot as it is just about pocketable


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