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Google's next Nexus 7 coming this summer, could hit new, low price - $149

by David Needle

April 3 2013

Google unveiled the first Nexus 7 late last June, and reportedly plans to unveil its successor this July.
Google unveiled the first Nexus 7 late last June, and reportedly plans to unveil its successor this July.

Take that Amazon. Google could be ready to undercut the price of Amazon’s lowest priced Kindle Fire when it brings out a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet this summer.

A new report says Google plans to ship a successor to the original Nexus 7 by this July for the same $199 price of the current model. But the Reuters report, citing unnamed sources, says Google might also choose to bring the new Nexus 7 out at $149 and discontinue the current model.

Amazon’s lowest price Kindle Fire sells for $159.

The other bit of news in the report is that Google will replace Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip that powers the current Nexus 7 with Qualcom’s Snapdragon processor.

Reuter’s sources said the redesigned Nexus 7 will also have a higher screen resolution and thinner bezel design. 

Unlike Apple and most other tablet vendors, Amazon and Google are far less interested in making a profit on hardware sales than they are selling online services and advertising, so both sell their tablets near cost. 

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