After performing a seemingly obligatory teardown of the Nexus 7, IHS iSuppli has determined the tablet's total build cost is $151.75 (8GB model). The 16GB model, which remains identical in every aspect aside from flash storage capacity, costs $159.25 to manufacture. Notably, the $152 BOM (bill of materials) is actually about $32 lower than last month's estimate by UBM TechInsights. Oh, and by the way, Asus is the company stamping these out for Google.
With the big G selling 8GB units for $199, their lower-end offering reaps a somewhat narrow profit margin compared to most other tablets on the market. Even with the slim profit per unit though, the Kindle Fire has shown us that companies can conceivably sell tablets under cost and still turn a profit through long-term revenue streams provided by sales of apps, books and media.
While the sale of each $199 Nexus will yield only a small reward, the 16GB model's $249 price tag marks an considerable premium by comparison -- an extra $50 for merely $7.50 worth of flash chips. It would seem Google may also be leveraging high-end buyers to help subsidize the cheaper model for value-conscious shoppers. Selling memory, storage and other bells-and-whistles at a disproportionate premium has long been a common industry tactic, of course.
Powered by a Tegra 3 chip, the Nexus 7 is a reasonable iPad alternative in terms of performance, but its 7-inch stature and sub-$200 price tag also put it in squarely in Kindle Fire territory. Overall, it seems the Nexus 7 strikes a very attractive balance between speed, features and price. Check out the full review here.
Amazon sent a wave crashing through the mobile industry when it announced its Kindle Fire would land with a price of $199. This is likely the best value in a tablet on the market, and will make tablet computing accessible to many people that either couldn't afford an iPad or couldn't tolerate Honeycomb tablets.
The Google Nexus 7 has the distinction of being the first device to run the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system. It measures 198.5mm x 120mm x 10.45mm in size, weighs 340g, and features a 7-inch IPS display that is protected by scratch-resistant glass. The Nexus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel display. It runs a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM, it also comes in 2 versions: 8GB and 16GB capacities.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes email@example.comGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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