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Your next Kindle Fire or Nexus 7 tablet could cost as little as $99

by Doug Drinkwater

June 12 2013

Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is also expected to debut in Q3
Google's second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is also expected to debut in Q3

Hold off on buying Amazon's Kindle Fire or Google's Nexus 7 for now -- a new report suggests that a number of top-tier vendors are preparing to announce sub-$100 Android tablets this fall.

Despite the Kindle Fire starting from just $159 and Acer's Iconia B1 and Asus' new Memo Pad HD 7 going for as little as $149 and $129 respectively, it appears that Android tablet prices will fall even cheaper later this year.

Citing Taiwanese ODM sources, Digitimes says that a flurry of 7-inch $99 tablets will be launched in the third quarter of this year, although the news website doesn't name vendors or detail prospective new models.
 
This isn't the first time speculation has done the rounds on the arrival of sub-$100 tablets, although it appears as though most vendors will be keeping a beady eye on the competition before making any move.
 
Indeed, Digitimes says that "many brand vendors" are interested to see how the MeMo Pad HD 7 fares. 
 
The $129 tablet was announced at Computex last week and features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a quad-core Cortex A7 processor, 8GB or 16GB of storage and dual-facing cameras. Perhaps most impressive of all is that the slate runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest major iteration of Android.

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