Rumor: Google Nexus tablet to be priced at $149?

There's been lots of rumors that Google plans to step in and release a Google Nexus-branded tablet sometime in 2012. Earlier in March, new rumors claimed that Asus would be the company making the tablet and that it would have NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor but priced at just $199.

Now there's yet another rumor about the Google Nexus-Asus tablet over at AndroidandMe.com. The report is based on statements made by an anonymous "senior employee at a supply chain company based in the United States." This employee says that the Google Nexus tablet is a "done deal."

However, the article says that the Tegra 3 processor is now out of the tablet. There's no word on why this happened but the article speculates that it may be replaced by a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm, with the change in processor also coming with a change in the tablet's price. The article claims that Google is now targeting a $149 price point for the seven inch tablet.

If true, such a price would certainly undercut Amazon's Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble's Nook Tablet, both of which are currently priced at $199 with 8 GB of storage. The article claims that the tablet will also run Android 4.0, while the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet both run modified versions of Android 2.3. It's possible that Google could reveal their tablet at the CTIA Wireless trade show in early May.

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unless its good... people will still choose ipad or windows 8 when its out. before you attack me... people claim Linux is good and no one will use it even if its a gift. but their mobile market is different anyway.

benalvino said,
unless its good... people will still choose ipad or windows 8 when its out. before you attack me... people claim Linux is good and no one will use it even if its a gift. but their mobile market is different anyway.

Linux is good. But it has a purpose. The obvious purpose is it is good for web servers. In fact it is the most popular to use. Recently it's been good for mobile as well.

Knowing our prices it wouldn't surprise me if t was £149 here, which would still under cut the Fire by £20.

lets hope this is true as a $50 saving is much better than a faster processor as nothing really uses that much processing power anyway. These could sell like hot cakes! I'd get one for £99 for sure, i'm sure the uk price would be more like £120 which is on the boundary of being an acceptable price i think.

exciting indeed. looking forward to how this plays out.

I wish for s front facing camera to do "even a monkey can do it" video conferencing on the cheap.... It would be a great gift for my parents so we can keep in touch... even other relatives that have some Internet connectivity in the house... and of course a wifi router...

If the performance is anything like my Mercury 1.4ghz, I'm in at $149 for sure. For an entry level it makes real sense. If it can surf, play 720p .mkv's and has a slot, it's a done deal.

As for Asus, I have one of their top of the line laptops from 2 years ago G73Jh and it's been to the shop 3x and just exchanged for a battery. Great service though.

$149 for a 7" tablet is not out of the question - Google would be counting on making any losses back through app sales.