Plenty of rumors about a $99 Google Nexus 7 have been flying around the blogosphere during the last few months, but after Google didn’t say a thing about a cheaper Nexus 7 when it revealed the latest Nexus devices, the rumors regarding the tablet started to fade.
Well, now they are back again as it seems another allegedly piece of the puzzle has surfaced. And this time around the rumor comes from some GLBenchmark test results for a tablet named “ME172V”, and as you probably figured out already, this tablet is believed to be manufactured by ASUS.
Join us after the break to find out more about this ME172V, aka the $99 Nexus 7.
$99 Google Nexus 7 – Specs and Features
The benchmark above shows a tablet that has 1GHz processor and comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution display, as well as a 4270mAh battery.
Up until this point, the specs are not too impressive, but they seem legit for a $99 tablet. However, what caught our attention is the fact that the tablet seems to be running on Android 4.1.1, not even Android 4.1.2 (not to mention 4.2 or 4.2.1), which is kind of odd for a Nexus device.
Another intriguing aspect is that the alleged $99 Nexus 7 appears to have a microSD card slot – as we all know, this feature hasn’t been present on any of the latest Google Nexus devices.
Additionally, in September, ASUS denied any rumor that it was working on a new Nexus 7, thus it’s possible that the ME172V device is just a tablet that ASUS alone has been working on. Of course, at this point is too soon to draw any conclusions, but stay tuned and we’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information.
Thanks Phone Arena for the heads-up regarding the $99 Google Nexus 7 specs.