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Report: Google Prepping $99 Tablet, 32GB Nexus 7

Digitimes, citing “Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” said Google is prepping a cheaper tablet that runs a single-core processor from China’s WonderMedia Technologies and includes a HUVA TN panel from Taiwan’s HannStar Display.

According to Digitimes, the $99 tablet would be produced by Quanta Computer. Google’s current tablet, the Nexus 7, starts at $199 and is produced by Asus, which told Digitimes that it has no plans for a $99 tablet. Google did not immediately respond to PCMag’s request for comment.

On the Nexus 7, front, however, there are reports that a 32GB version of the tablet might hit store shelves in time for the holidays. TeckComesFirst pointed to a circular from U.K. retailer Argos that advertised a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 in its holiday gift guide.

In a scanned page from the guide (right), the 32GB Asus-made Google tablet is listed for £199.99 ($323). That’s the same price as the 16GB Nexus 7 in the U.K., so why get the smaller one? TeckComesFirst said the 32GB will not include the £15 Google Play store credit that comes with the 16GB version.

In the U.S., the Nexus 7 is available in 8GB ($199) and 16GB ($249) flavors. As ZDNetnoted, there have been reports of a U.S. version of the 32GB tablet, including a Staples Advantage promo that was later removed.

In other tablet news, Best Buy plans to sell its own tablet – the Android-based Insignia Flex for $239 to $259, according to Reuters. The 9.7-inch tablet will rival products like the Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. It will hit shelves Nov. 11 and be sold only at Best Buy, Reuters said.

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