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Google and Asus rumoured to be planning an even cheaper Nexus 7 tablet

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Google's original Nexus 7 tablet - are more versions on the way?

A report out of Taiwan suggests that Asus could be making two new Nexus 7 tablets for Google. One will be aimed at the same price point as the original model ($199) but it will be thinner, while another version will be priced even lower, at a mere $99 (about £60 using a standard currency conversion).

That's certainly what retailers would call a "sweet spot" in terms of price tag. The rumour says that the new hardware could be on sale before the end of the year, catching the all-important Christmas market. If any of this turns out to have substance, then we could be seeing tablets coming out at almost stocking-filler prices (at least for some people).

The story, in Digitimes, claims that the new models will use TN display panels by Taiwan-based panel maker HannStar Display, "according to industry sources".

Google could be aiming to grab more of the market by having more than just one Android-based Nexus tablet in the face of increasing competition. That includes Amazon with its Kindle Fire range, the Kobo tablet, the newly refreshed Nook line-up from Barnes & Noble, which is about to launch in a large number of UK shops too, and even Apple if it does bring out its long-rumoured 7in iPad mini (though you can guarantee it won't cost as little as $99).

Unsurprisingly, Digitimes says that Asustek has denied the reports.

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