Yesterday Apple fired out invites for next week’s not-so mystery announcement. It’s fairly evident that the company will launch the oft-rumoured iPad mini, but if you’re worried that it might be a bit out of your Christmas price range, there’s good news afoot: an even cheaper version of the Google Nexus 7 could be just around the corner.
While Asus has denied that it’s involved in a cut-price Nexus 7, new reports from Digitimes suggest that Google’s handed manufacturing duties over to Quanta, in order to keep things cheap.
As such, we’re looking at a tab with the bare minimum built inside; an ARM-architecture single-core processor will take care of the Jelly Bean antics, and there’ll be a less-shiny HUVA TN display.
But, if this all proves to be true, that corner cutting would allow the budget Nexus 7 to weigh in at the $99 (£60) mark.
With the iPad mini expected to sell for at least £200, Google will know that it has to clean up at the bottom end of the 7-inch tablet market.
Would you be keen on a £60 Nexus 7? Or have you only got eyes for the iPad mini? Let us know below.