A 32 GB Nexus 7 seems quite likely, a $99 Nexus tablet seems less so

Google has sent out a press invitation for an event on October 29th, with the tagline "The playground is open." We'll probably see the next generation Nexus phone; the best guess is that it'll be based on LG's Optimus G handset. But a new Nexus phone is as predictable as a new iPhone every year. I'm anxious to see if Google has new tablets to show off.

For some time there've been rumblings about a 32 GB Nexus 7 coming soon, and it's looking more and more likely. Most of the leaks come from retailer listings, most recently on the Staples Advantage site, as reported by Android Police.

As best anyone can figure, this new model differs from the old ones only in the amount of storage. Nothing else seems to be changed, and that includes the price. The new 32 GB model seems to share the $250 price tag with its 16 GB sibling. Many assume this means the 16 GB will drop to $200 and the 8 GB will be phased out.

As to when we'll see this new model, November 5th seems to be the release date. According to Android Authority Dutch retailer MyCom is sending emails to people who recently ordered a 16 GB Nexus 7, saying they're going get a 32 GB model instead and that shipments will begin the week of November 5th. That fits pretty nicely with an October 29th reveal, too.

Bottom line, if you're in the market for a Nexus 7, wait a couple weeks and you might get twice as much storage for the same price. You might also see a lot of not-very-old Nexus 7 16 GB models hitting the used tablet market as early adopters upgrade.

The other Nexus rumor making the rounds is that there will be a $99 single core Nexus tablet on the market by the end of the year. As best I can figure this rumor started at DigiTimes so I'd take it with a very large grain of salt. My experience with DigiTimes rumors is that about half of them are totally wrong. The rumor says that ASUS will not be manufacturing this tablet for Google and that Quanta Computer will be building them based on a processor by WonderMedia Technologies.

A $99 tablet would have to cut a lot of corners and I find it hard to believe that Google wants to put its brand on a sub-standard device, but I guess we'll see.

I'm more excited about the $250, 32 GB Nexus 7, personally.

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