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Google set to launch $99 Nexus tablet this quarter, report says

The company's slate will come with a single-core processor, but won't be developed with help from Asus, according to DigiTimes.

Are new Nexus tablets coming?
Are new Nexus tablets coming?
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Google might soon launch a cheaper Nexus tablet.

The company is currently working with Taiwan-based Quanta Computer to produce a $99 Nexus tablet boasting a single-core processor that will launch by the end of this year, DigiTimes is reporting today, citing sources. According to the tech-news blog's sources, the tablet isn't being developed in partnership with Asus, the company that helped Google build its Nexus 7. The cheaper tablet is, at least right now, separate from the Nexus 7 lineup.

DigiTimes reported on the possibility of a new Nexus tablet last month, saying that Google was prepping a version that would cost $99, as well as another that would retail for $199. At that time, the blog indicated that the device would be called the Nexus 7 and would be developed in partnership with Asus. Its sources seem to indicate now that neither of those are claims are true.

The cheaper Nexus report comes against the backdrop of the possibility of Google launching a more expensive Nexus 7. U.K. retailer Argos today released a Christmas Gift Guide showcasing a 32GB Nexus 7. The ad, which was discovered by The Next Web, lists the device for 199 British pounds ($323).

Google's Nexus 7, which launched earlier this year, is currently only available in 8GB and 16GB flavors. The 8GB option retails for $199, while the 16GB option sells for $249.

Argos' leak comes just a day after the 32GB Nexus 7 showed up on Staples Advantage, a retail site for business users. That device was listed for $248.37.

It's no surprise that Google is seemingly working on improvements to its Nexus line. Apple yesterday announced that it will be holding a media event on Tuesday that is likely to showcase the long-rumored iPad Mini. That device, which will reportedly come with a 7.85-inch screen, is designed to take on devices like the Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD this holiday-shopping season.

CNET has contacted Google for comment on the rumors. We will update this story when we have more information.

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