Quick Note: Nexus 7 16GB Now Priced at $199, 32GB Model Debuts at $249
October 29, 2012 9:34 AM
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32GB version takes over the $249 spot
If you're in the market for a new Google Nexus 7 tablet, the rumored price cuts have been confirmed. Google has dropped the price of the 16GB version of the tablet to $199.
The 16GB version of the tablet was originally priced at $249, but the new
is now occupying that price point. It's unclear what will happen to the 8GB version of the tablet, but speculation suggests that it could see its price decreased to a low $99. However, even if Google were to be that generous, it would likely just maintain that price point until inventories of the 8GB model are cleared.
The official announcement for the new pricing of the Nexus 7 tablet was to have come today, but Google was forced to cancel its press event due to
. There have been other indications that there may be a
3G version of the tablet launching soon as well
So far, Google hasn't offered a new time for its official event.
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RE: What Microsoft should be doing.
10/29/2012 11:03:23 AM
The tablet story has yet to be fully written, and I think relegating them to e-reader and web browser status is premature. If you put aside any preconceptions you may have about the suitability of tablets as a computing device, all they are is basically a big screen. The notion that Apple hit the perfect composition for such a device on its first try is laughable. Unfortunately, the current media and public perception of the iPad as "the best" pigeon-holes people's concept of a tablet to a media consumption device - assuming the shortcomings of the "perfect" iPad are insurmountable drawbacks of the form factor, rather than considering them deficiencies to be overcome.
Medium-term, I think tablets are going to converge with laptops, much like PDAs converged with cell phones. They're similar in size and function. All that needs to happen is for some technical hurdles to be overcome. For cell phones, it was gaining enough processing power to become a PDA. For laptops, it will be shrinking components until for all intents and purposes it's indistinguishable in size from a tablet.
Microsoft's Surface Pro may end up being a miss with current technology, but I think they have the right idea looking ahead 5 years. 15 years ago, an ultralight laptop was 6.5 lbs and over 2 inches thick (Thinkpad 700). 10 years ago it was 4.5 pounds and over an inch thick. 5 years ago it was 3 pounds and just under an inch thick. Today we're closing in on 2 pounds and approaching half an inch (basically Surface Pro specs). Extrapolate that trend and that segment of the laptop market is converging on something like a tablet.
Long-term, I think cell phones are going to converge with tablet/laptops. Your computing and storage will be in your phone (really your portable PC within 10 years). The tablet will just be an extra large screen you can tote along if you like, which connects wirelessly with your phone. The flexible OLED screens being researched will become important for this because you can roll them up into something the size of a pen or chopstick for easy transport. The laptop will be a tablet screen + keyboard and pointer/mouse you tote along, also connecting with your phone wirelessly.
RE: What Microsoft should be doing.
10/29/2012 12:23:22 PM
We've had ultralight (sub-3lb) notebooks for over two decades. In the 90's, Sony and IBM both had terrific ultralights that were also powerful, although lacking a optical drive which at the time was pretty important. Models such as the PCG-505G (Pentium MMX) up to the X30/X40 series (Pentium M) come to mind, but the 600-series predated that and was still under 4lbs. There were also some HP Omnibooks which were 2lbs!
And don't forget the Transmeta Crusoe saga of notebooks that reigned the ultralight segment for awhile, producing plenty of incredibly small notebooks in 2000.
IBM also offered the X-series with SSD drives beginning in the late 90's. I remember the 40GB PATA SSD's costing about $1000 though.
So I wouldn't say notebooks now are lighter or thinner than they used to be, because when you consider averages, most people buy a thick clunker from Walmart for $400 bucks that's more a DTR than a laptop, as had been the case for the market since it began. Ultralights are a niche segment, and although its growing, its still a small percentage of sales because more than half of notebooks sold are under $500.
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