Smaller tablets from Google and Apple is in the offing this year. However, apart from the tablet’s size and their enhanced features, the other equally important aspect to watch out for will be the price tag the new gen tablets will carry. Also while still on the price, what many experts believe we might actually see is an upward price revision as companies try to include more features on their devices. If that be the case, we might have already seen the limit of price cutting, as exemplified by the likes of the Nexus 7.
The second gen Nexus from Google is one that should be in the market in the coming months. The new 7 inch gadget would come with an even higher resolution that would be of 300+ PPI. The present Nexus has one camera which is front facing, while the next Nexus is believed to have a back facing one as well. All this would naturally mean the new Nexus would be costlier than the previous version. Google would however not cross the price of the cheapest iPad Mini to keep market competition in right perspective. There is the possibility therefore of Google adding $20 to $50 to their new Nexus price tag.
Similarly, Apple’s next offering in the small tablet segment will be the iPad Mini 2 which has been much talked about and expected to hit the market by November. This gadget also would come with a new processor and an additional camera. The display would also be of higher resolution. Apple had surprised everyone with the introduction of a 7.9 inch non-retina display equipped iPad Mini though that was necessary for Apple to keep price low and therefore competition rife.
After all that price reduction, the iPad Mini carried a price tag of $329 while the likes of the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD were available at $200 and below. In case Apple considers coming with a better display and camera along with a more powerful processor for its next iPad Mini, it would mean the option before Apple so far as pricing goes to be to either maintain the same $329 or else add a further $20 to $40 more.