It seems like Google is on a roll in introducing new devices for everyone. There’s the upcoming Project Ara that will be available for $50, the newly-patented Google contact lens with built-in microcameras, and now reports are telling us that a new Google Nexus smartphone will be arriving with a price tag below $100.
Since it’s rumored to be really affordable ($100 converts to around the Php4,000 mark), don’t expect that it will be at the same range as the Nexus 5 when it comes to specs. Instead, the company is gearing this new smartphone for the entry-level to midrange category. There is a possibility, though, that we could be seeing better specs than what we normally see in lower-end devices since the Nexus 5 came with better-than-usual specs for its asking price. Hopefully, Google uses this same formula we’re used to seeing from its Nexus lineup. As of now, the only rumored component is a MediaTek processor.
Brand-wise, it’s still undisclosed as to which company will be manufacturing the smartphone. We’ve seen different brands carry the name starting from HTC, Samsung, and LG as the latest Nexus smartphone manufacturer.
Previous reports suggest that Google will be unveiling a lineup of Nexus devices during their event at the end of June including the next flagship Nexus 6, a Nexus 8, and a Nexus 10 2 along with the new Android OS (rumored to be called Lollipop), but we’re not expecting the sub-100-dollar Nexus to make its appearance there.