updated 01:54 pm EDT, Fri September 28, 2012
Source reverses course one day later
Just a day after rumors surfaced that Asus was planning a $99 Nexus tablet with Google, the company has reportedly come out to deny those claims. DigiTimes, the source that initially broke the $99 rumor, now claims that Asus has refuted the claim. Asus' current Nexus tablet, the Nexus 7, appears to have been selling solidly since its release, and reports of Asus' expected tablet shipments for the quarter would seem to indicate that it continues to sell apace.
Details were scarce regarding the specifications of the supposed $99 tablet. Were the company to be working on such a device, Asus could cut corners on the device's internals -- lowering the battery life, its RAM, or processor power -- or decrease the 1280x800 resolution currently seen with the Nexus 7. Asus was also said to be working on a reworked version of the Nexus 7, a thinner model to counter Amazon's new Kindle HD and a rumored iPad mini from Apple.
Now, though, Asus is said to have denied the rumors of a lower-priced tablet. Digitimes quotes no figures from within the company for the denial, saying only that "Asustek has refuted the rumors."
The Nexus 7's sales success may be measured in part by looking at estimates of Asus' tablet shipments for this year. In the first half of 2012, Asus is said to have shipped about 1.4 million tablets. For the most recent quarter, though, the company is estimated to have shipped more than two million units. The most recent quarter is the first in which the Nexus 7 was regularly available. Over the next two quarters, sources indicate that Asus expects to pass the five million mark and approach six million units shipped.
The Nexus 7 has been rumored to be undergoing some revision or another almost since its unveiling. Earlier this month, rumors emerged that the 7-inch tablet would be getting a 3G variant before the end of the year. That model has yet to materialize.