Top Tablet PC News – Weekend Edition – October 20th 2012By
A 32 GB version of the Nexus 7 has been doing the rounds of the web (with occasional stops at various tech sites), though Google does not seem to be in a hurry to acknowledge the existence of such a thing. In fact, Google seemed unconcerned even when a Nexus 7 buyer in Japan was sold the yet unofficial 32 GB version. However, the online search giant has lined up an event on Oct 29 in New York and it’s likely to be the launchpad of the 32 GB Nexus 7. As for its price, $249 is being considered most likely. That is the price for the current 16 GB Nexus 7, and the entry level 8 GB Nexus 7 is retailing for $199. Now if the 32 GB version is priced at $249, the 8 GB version will probably be pushed further down in the price rung if not eliminated completely. Supporting this theory, an internal Staples document claims that it’s end of the road for the 8 GB Nexus 7. Staples has been among the very few brick and mortar stores that has been selling the 8 GB Nexus 7.
Meanwhile, in another related development, a bigger 10 inch version of the Nexus tablet has emerged as a hot favorite among rumor mongers. Google has already found success with the 7 inch Nexus and a bigger 10 inch version can be considered a natural evolution that will allow the company to have a more complete product portfolio. However, all of this is still very much a rumor, but projections assume Samsung will be the manufacturer of the device. All of this originated from an image supposed to be of the Nexus 10 that has been posted at Google Picasa.
The image, if authentic, may be an early prototype of the Nexus 10 and seems to have been posted by a Samsung employee. The EXIF data mentions the device as Nexus 10. Of course, it’s too early to state anything definitive on this though what is clear is that there does exist a void in this segment for both Google and Samsung. The former will definitely like to have a ten inch device to allow it to be considered a complete player in the tablet space. Samsung, on the other hand, hasn’t revealed a new tablet in the 10 inch segment (other than Galaxy Note 10.1) that can be considered a replacement of its Galaxy Tab range. So a 10 inch version of Nexus can be just the right solution for both the companies. Let’s just hope we don’t have to wait too long to get to the bottom of this.
Best Buy will put the new Insignia Flex tablet on sale in the next few weeks for $250.00. The company did not really say too much about the specs, other than to say it would have a 9.7-inch screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and battery life of 10 hours. It will also be running on Google Android 4.0.4 with an update to Jellybean in the near future. The Insignia label is Best Buy’s in-house branding, used on TV’s and such.