Sub $100 entry-level Nexus smartphone in the works

Google’s Nexus smartphone are generally great value for their price and offer the latest and greatest in terms of Android operating system. According to a new report from MTKSJ, Google is currently working on an ultra-cheap variant of Nexus smartphone which would bear a sub $100 (Rs 6,500) price tag. Google is said to be collaborating with MediaTek this time by using their processor chipset in this entry-level Nexus smartphone.

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MediaTek is known for its great value for money mobile processor SoCs which are widely used in the entry-level as well as mid-range Android smartphones. This would be the first time ever Google will be using a MediaTek processor. This goes on to show the increasing popularity of MediaTek as an SoC provider. A lot of smartphone brands from China and India such as Gionee, Micromax, Karbonn, Xolo, etc use MediaTek as the primary SoC provider in their smartphones. Earlier, Google has collaborated with Samsung for Nexus S and Nexus 10, TI for Galaxy Nexus, Nvidia for Nexus 7 and Qualcomm for Nexus One, Nexus 4, Nexus5 and Nexus 7 (2013).

Looks like the real battle this year would be in the entry-level priced smartphone market as Google, Obi mobiles and Motorola would be focussing in this market space. Who would you support if you are looking out to buy an entry-level Android smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rama
April 22, 2014 5:34 pm 5:34 PM

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*I don’t know how many people will read the entire article but if someone does read at the end they can see how huawei had a problem with Nokia having exclusive access to some of the api and a similar situation can occurs with the Google back 100$ phone.

Mickey
April 22, 2014 2:47 pm 2:47 PM

If Google enters in sub $100 market, it will be beneficial for mass people. Most of those handsets, made by either Indian or Chinese OEM have no aftersale services, no software updates.If anything wrong occurs with some device, all they have to loose money. When a reputed company like Google enter, they will at least give timely software update or after sales service

Rama
April 22, 2014 3:43 pm 3:43 PM
*I probably guess you’re not analysing the long term effects if Google ever makes a entry in the 100$ market. *If Google partners up with a particular manufacturer and enters the 100$ market then that particular manufacturer will have an edge over others and obviously the Google backed 100$ smartphone will sell better than other 100$ phones in the market. *The 100$ smartphone market is where the future growth is going to come from and the 100$ segment is the one for which almost every manufacturer is now going to compete for.In India 80% of the people still use feature… Read more »
Rama
April 21, 2014 11:13 pm 11:13 PM
*No bro I don’t think Google will increase the price of either Nexus 5/Nexus 4 in India because of this as they are already selling at a high price point compared to their U.S. Pricing. *Rather this device has been brought for people who want a device with Google support and stock android but don’t want to compromise on hardware quality at the same time. *As far as tizen is concerned I don’t know if Samsung will ever release a tizen based device.A tizen based device is now due for a launch for almost two years now and every single… Read more »
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