The $99 Nexus 7 Model Shows up In Benchmarks

| November 30, 2012 | 5 Replies

We’ve heard plenty of rumors about the Nexus 7 in the past few months. We had heard of a 32GB model and a HSPA+ model that became a reality earlier this month. There was also a rumor about a $99 Nexus 7 tablet. Those kind of disappeared after Google announced the new versions of the Nexus 7, the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4. But they seemed to have resurfaced now, mostly due to benchmarks for an ASUS tablet “ME172V” showing up in GLBenchmark’s database.

Now this could be just a new ASUS tablet, especially with CES coming up in January. So there’s a chance that this could be a Nexus tablet and an even higher chance that it won’t be one. The benchmark shown above only shows us that it’s running Android 4.1.1 and that’s made by ASUS. Not a whole lot of information. But if it was a Nexus device it should be running Android 4.2 or 4.2.1 right? Since it’ll be launching with the latest version of Android.

We have heard rumors of ASUS working on another cheap tablet that we’ll probably see at CES. It’s said to be a 7-inch device with a 1024×600 resolution. It’s also said to have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage and a 4270mAh battery. We’ve also heard that it’ll be running Android 4.1.1 – Jelly Bean and run on a 1GHz processor, but we don’t know how many cores it would have. Just by the fact that it’s running Android 4.1.1, sounds like it won’t be a Nexus though. Since we are three software versions ahead of that now.

There have been so many rumors for the next iteration of the Nexus 7. We even heard last month that there would be a new Nexus 7 coming soon, probably at Google I/O in June, but that ASUS wouldn’t be making it. As you probably know, the Google Nexus 7 is the best tablet out there. Right up there with the Nexus 10 by Samsung.

Would you be surprised if Google brought out a $99 version of the Nexus 7? Who would buy it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Category: Android News, Android Tablet News

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Alex has been an Android user since the Motorola Droid back in 2010. He's been a huge Android fan ever since using many of the most popular flagships. He's currently rocking a Moto X and a G2.
  • spectremANDROID

    I wouldn’t be surprised but I wouldn’t buy it either….. Well… Maybe as a gift to some less demanding users than myself. I hope all of this turns around quickly. I’m interested, now that I think about it.

    • Tom Dawson

      I know exactly what you mean. I think it’d be perfect for kids and those that just want to browse the web and play the odd game.

      Something like this would be good for my girlfriend that just uses text type apps and hardly any games – she’s always very good at breaking tech. Two netbooks down and counting…

      • spectremANDROID

        BINGO!!! ☺

        ….and so sorry about your netbooks.

  • Josh

    It may be a good alternative for those who were planning on buying one of those cheap chinese tablets.

  • James Poli

    As someone who works for a tablet manufacturer I would of course buy one for product evaluation.