Asus denies cheaper Google Nexus 7 tablet plans

Recent claims of an even cheaper, $99 (£60) Google Nexus 7 tablet being released have been refuted with manufacturer Asus reportedly denying the rumours.

Having partnered with Google to launch the hugely popular, wallet friendly Google Nexus 7 earlier this year, a flurry of rumours earlier this week claimed that in a bid to counteract the increased competition from the newly unveiled Amazon Kindle Fire HD offering and the heavily rumoured Apple iPad mini, Asus and Google would launch a revised, entry-level model with a near throwaway price tag.

Despite these latest rumours, however, Digitimes has cited an unnamed member of staff with Asus in stating that the company currently has no plans to launch a cheaper, second-generation Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Tipped to have been readying two new Google backed Nexus tablets for launch, the recent budget Google Nexus 7 rumours suggested that Asus would manufacture a $99 model with a TN display panel alongside a revised edition of the current model that would land with a slimmer form factor in a bid to attract the pre-Christmas shopping rush.

Launched earlier this year, the original Google Nexus 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet available in 8GB and 16GB storage capacities for £159 and £199 respectively. Featuring a high-end collection of specs for a relatively budget price tag, the Google Nexus 7 plays host to a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 1280 x 800p HD display.

On top of this, 1GB of RAM and a 1.2-megapixel forward-facing camera are including within the 340g, 10.45mm thick device allowing for speedy service and video calling capabilities.

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