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As the iPad Mini looms, Google may launch a new tablet that costs just $99


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27: A Nexus 7 tablet is ready for use at the Google Developers Conference as developer Brad McManus tries out the new device on June 27, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Google may release a $99 version of the tablet by the end of 2012.


Mathew Sumner

Google is working on a new model of its well-received Nexus 7 tablet that will cost $99, according to a DigiTimes report. The tablet is said to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

There will also be a $199 model of the device, according to the report. (The current Nexus 7 also starts at $199.)

The timing lines up with Apple's expected release of a smaller iPad, the so-called iPad Mini. Apple has all but confirmed it will announce the iPad Mini at a press event in October. Many think the iPad Mini will be priced around $250.

Today's $199 Nexus 7 is a great tablet. If Google can find a way to offer the same experience for just $99, it's going to be tough for people to pass up.

Asus, the company that makes Google's Nexus 7 tablet, denied the report.

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